A Danish startup aim to reduce nuclear waste problem from 100.000 years to 300 years.
Also from Denmark was the famouse scientist Niels Bohr who made foundational contributions to the understanding of atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. He called for international cooperation on nuclear energy and was involved with the establishment of CERN and the Research Establishment Risø of the Danish Atomic Energy Commission.
Maybe Copenhagen Atomics can pick up where Denmark left this great scientists vision quite some time ago.
Late Friday February 6th, Danish startup Copenhagen Atomics submitted a proposal for a Thorium Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) design to the Energy Process Developments Ltd. (EPD) to participate in the feasibility study initiated by the UK Government.
Earlier this year the EPD has been awarded a grant by the UK government to undertake a £100,000 project to determine the feasibility of developing a pilot scale molten salt reactor in the UK. The study will look at current proposed MSR proposals and rank them by their value for a pilot-scale demonstrator reactor project. As the next step, a full engineering design study for the elite project shall be carried out later in 2015.
Copenhagen Atomics has been invited to participate in the project alongside with other global players in the emerging Molten Salt Reactor industry such as Flibe Energy, Transatomic Power, Terrestrial Energy and Thorcon Power.
The unique technology proposal from Copenhagen Atomics is that it’s capable of reducing the storage time of spent nuclear fuel from 100.000 years to a few hundred years. In addition, this technology has big potentials to provide clean and affordable energy where coal is being deployed today.
Copenhagen Atomics is a Danish group that was established in 2014. The group comprised of physicists and chemistry professionals including DTU (Danish Technical University) and Niels Bohr Institute staff. The current goal of the group is to collaborate with the UK government to build a 50 MW waste burner pilot plant, which can burn spent nuclear fuel from Light Water Reactors (LWR). There is approx. 100,000 Ton of LWR spent nuclear fuel in the world which need a solution.