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Accelerator Driven Treatment of Nuclear Waste

quax (19371) writes | about a year and a half ago

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quax (19371) writes "In the wake of the Fukushima disaster the nuclear industry again faces massive opposition. Germany even decided to abandon nuclear energy altogether and the future of the industry is under a cloud of uncertainty in Japan. But one thing seems to be here to stay for a very, very long time: The radioactive waste that has half-lives measured in thousands of years.

But there is a technology under development in Belgium that could change all this: A sub-critical reactor design, driven by a particle accelerator that can transmute the nuclear waste into something that goes away within about two hundred years.

Could this lead to a revival of the nuclear industry and the reprocessing of spend reactor fuel?"

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