Industry partners have joined forces to develop a pioneering new technique, designed to transform the process of nuclear waste disposal globally.
International technology company Lucideon has forged a partnership with NUVIA UK to bring its MALLET (MIDAR™-Augmented Lower-cost Lower-carbon Encapsulation Technique) to the nuclear sector.
Developed in response to a number of nuclear industry waste disposal challenges, the system provides a cost efficient method of managing Intermediate Level Waste streams (ILW), including oils, graphite, zeolites, sludges, and ashes.
Lucideon’s development of the technology has been supported by Innovate UK, and NUVIA UK, for its commercial scale-up.
Richard Goodhead, Chief Marketing Officer of Lucideon, said: “MALLET represents a significant development for the management of nuclear waste.
“It offers substantial benefits over traditional forms of Intermediate Level Waste stream disposal techniques such as Portland Cement, including a significant reduction in carbon emissions and waste volumes, as well as a considerable reduction in processing and disposal.
“The technology is also compliant with Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) and is chemically stable.”
Lucideon and NUVIA UK recently held a showcase event to demonstrate the patented waste encapsulation technique to industry stakeholders.
Adrian Davis-Johnston, Head of Research, Development and Innovation at NUVIA UK, said: “MALLET has the potential to revolutionise nuclear waste disposal with its unique process.
“The showcase event was very successful and the technology has been well received by stakeholders in the nuclear industry.”