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This technology is set to cause a nuclear revolution

by Jimmy Kane 2 months ago in Science
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The future of nuclear power promises to be safer

It is amazing what nuclear power can do. It is carbon-neutral and has the lowest mortality rates per TWh of all forms of energy. It is even lower than solar and wind, and yes, it does account for nuclear disasters. It is extremely powerful, compact, and harmonious with the environment, unlike any other carbon-neutral energy. However, there is one thing that holds nuclear power back : nuclear waste. The stuff is a problem for governments and communities all over the globe. This will soon change as Deep Isolation's latest technology has solved the nuclear waste problem. What exactly is this technology? Could this technology help to revive the nuclear industry?

Let's do this first before we move on. Human life is at risk from nuclear disasters and radioactive waste. It is still far less dangerous than the threat posed fossil fuel power. A coal power station produces 100 times more radioactive waste than a single nuclear power facility.

The environment is home to far more radioactive material than any other nuclear energy or nuclear disasters, including coal plants.

While we need to prepare for nuclear catastrophes, it is not what makes nuclear dangerous.

"But what about nuclear waste?" "But what about the nuclear waste?" I hear you calling from the back. Yes, nuclear waste mishaps have caused deaths. These deaths are extremely rare and all were contained to the disposal facilities (disasters excluded). As you can see, there are fewer deaths from solar panels than roofs.

Nuclear waste is generally not a problem. The data shows that living near a nuclear power station and nuclear waste storage facility is better than living next door to a coal mine. It has the same carbon footprint as solar and wind but without the harmful land use or mega-batteries of solar or wind.

However, nuclear waste is still a serious problem despite its safety. Even though they only produce a small amount of radioactive waste, it can still cause serious health problems for many thousands of years. A small amount of the nuclear waste will still emit radiation for over a million years. This is why governments, and the public, are afraid of. It also explains why we don't build many more planet-saving reactors. How can we make sure that this stuff is safe for all of those years

This is why nuclear power is not being used widely, even though it could reduce carbon emissions by millions of tonnes each year. This stuff is everywhere, and we don't know how to use it.

There have been many solutions to this problem, from putting it in space to storing it under the sea. None of these solutions have stood up to scrutiny until Deep Isolation.

Deep Isolation found a way to reuse technology and techniques from fossil fuel industries to create the ideal nuclear waste disposal system. Let me explain.

High-grade nuclear waste is not buried because it has a very small chance of leaking into the water table, and polluting a large area. Even if the waste is buried below the water table, geological activity could push it up again and cause a leak.

In an effort to extract every drop of oil, however, the greedy fossil fuel industry drove them to create deep drilling techniques as well as highly accurate geological surveying and simulation .

Deep Isolation plans use this technology to drill boreholes deep below the water table. These holes will be drilled into rocks that are unlikely to see the light of the day for many billions of years. They drill a hockey stick-shaped kink at the bottom of this hole. They can store high-grade nuclear waste in this horizontal section. The concrete is then used to seal the entire thing. The enormous pressure of the rock above effectively isolates nuclear waste from the surface.

The nuclear waste would also be kept in durable, rod-like containers, which will prevent any leakage. Nothing can go wrong even if they leak or become critical. Despite the glowing green goo idea in pop culture, nuclear waste is hardy and dense. It doesn't have enough energy to melt down and make radioactive lava. It doesn't glow either. It is impossible to reach the biosphere (where there is life) even if the Deep Isolation's shell ruptures. There are literally thousands upon thousands of feet between the ground and it.

Deep Isolation is able to do this on-site. This means that there's no need for high-grade nuclear storage transport. It simply comes out of the reactor and then goes down the hole. This could theoretically offer significant safety benefits, and significantly reduced operational costs.

Deep Isolation already has demonstrations and prototyps of their technology. The US Department Of Energy recently awarded them a grant of $3.6 million to make this a universal nuclear waste disposal system that can be used with any nuclear reactor.

After the product is complete, governments won't be able to say no to nuclear power. Their biggest problem will be solved. It's clear that nuclear power may be making a comeback if you consider the fact that commercial molten sodium reactors are on their way . These reactors will be much more efficient and less expensive to operate. They will not only be reliable and carbon-neutral, but also far safer, more durable, and much cheaper than they were before.

We can use technology that was originally developed for the oil industry to solve one of the most important problems in nuclear power and eliminate its hazardous waste. Deep Isolation's technology will ensure that nuclear power is at the forefront of our fight against climate change. Don't be surprised if the world is swept up in a nuclear revolution and an era of environmentally-friendly energy slows down climate change. Let's hope it's not too late.

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