1965-02-01

Energy Depot Fuel Production and Utilization 650051

The Army’s fuel logistics problem could be reduced or eliminated by use of nuclear energy in the field. In this concept, nuclear energy is converted to chemical fuels with locally available raw materials. Hydrogen can be produced by electrolysis of water with electricity from a nuclear reactor system. It can be converted to liquid hydrogen for ease of transportation. Alternately, liquid ammonia can be produced from the hydrogen and nitrogen extracted from air through liquefaction of air.
These fuels can be used most efficiently in fuel cell systems. The electric powered vehicles in these cases may have distinct military advantages. The fuels can be used to power modified combustion engines.

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