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This report examines the prospects for hydrogen production by advanced water electrolysis. The process considered has been developed to pilot scale with EEC support. It points to the strategic importance of the new technology in terms of developing hydrogen as as energy vector. Emphasis, however, is placed on the near term potential of advanced electrolysis in established markets for hydrogen. The report argues that application within the Community up to the year 2000 will be confined to France and Belgium but suggests that substantial exports of the technology are likely in addition. The most promising market segments are in specialities, ammonia manufacture and oil refining. Applications within the Community may total 81 by the year 2000 and there may be as many applications again overseas. The near term impact of the new technology is discussed in terms of the Community policies on industry, energy and the environment. It is argued, inter alia, that application of the process would reduce the intensity of final energy demand, the atmospheric pollution and create about 25 000 new jobs during the 1990s. It is recommended that the Commission sponsors a demonstration of advanced electrolysis to transform potential into reality.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10290 EN (1986) FS, 140 P., BFR 650, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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