Waste recovery for nuclear wastes - Energy - Nuclear Power
How Tetronics can help reduce the volume of nuclear wastes
Using Tetronics’ plasma waste treatment technology, a considerable stabilisation and decrease in the volume of radioactive waste can be achieved before intermediate storage and then geological disposal. Overall, the combination of volume reduction and end-product stability makes the plasma process particularly attractive for the treatment of all forms of hazardous wastes and, especially, nuclear wastes.
The capital and decommissioning costs for a plasma plant are similar to those of a cementation plant. However, our analysis comparing the lifetime cost savings of using plasma vitrification instead of cementation for unprocessed wet Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) inventory amounts to billions of pounds in the UK alone. In summary, the Tetronics plasma process produces a waste product, which is stable on a geological time scale and compact, thereby reducing life cycle costs.