Framatome Working On Mobile Waste Storage Analysis

French nuclear services company Framatome is developing a mobile solution to reliably analyze the content of final storage containers of low and medium radioactive waste. The work is being done in partnership with AiNT GmbH and Faunhofer INT with support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Framatome said.

Framatome"Thanks to the cost and time effective, innovative QUANTOM technology, the various types of elements within the container are detected through neutron activation and can be precisely calculated," the company announced, noting that in Germany more than 50,000 containers are currently stored in 10 Federal State collection centers or similar facilities, to be then transferred to the final repository, “Schacht Konrad”, in southeast Lower Saxony.

“With our new technology, we make the opening and re-packaging of the containers unnecessary and avoid thousands of nuclear transports between the Federal State collection centers and the specialized laboratories at the same time. The QUANTOM solution is yet another illustration of Framatome’s wide range of solutions and services offered to its customers in Germany and worldwide”, explained Catherine Cornand, Framatome’s Senior Executive Vice President, Installed Base Business Unit.

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