For decades, Australians have made ground-breaking advances in Clean Tech, Biomed and Biotech, IT &Electronics" says James, "from Synroc
, ResMed and Cochlear to Gene Silencing, Exelgram and Qubit, but developing great technologies is just the start.
Contract Awarded for design and supply of active container over pack (acop) for synroc
The new plant at ANSTO will be the world's first facility to turn liquid waste from molybdenum-99 radioisotope production, used in medical research, into synroc.
Just like in nature, where some minerals trap radioactive materials in their crystal structure, such as uranium and thorium, synroc is designed to do the same with radioactive waste; said Dr George Collins, ANSTO Chief of Research.
If nature's rocks can contain radioactive substances for millions of years then so can synroc,' he said.
Once synroc is produced, it is placed in cans and safely stored in a waste repository either above or below ground.
Vitrification (glass-type) containment has had some severe scientific criticism, and the Australian Synroc project, while certainly deserving further research, has yet to actually incorporate some plutonium in any synthetic rock;
This has already been advocated by the Synroc Study Group (SSG), set up in 1989.
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) today welcomed a decision by the independent nuclear regulator to approve siting and construction of its proposed Synroc A waste treatment plant at our campus in Sydney s Sutherland Shire.
Synroc is an Australian invention that immobilises radioactive waste in a durable solid rock-like material.
Together the Synroc and nuclear medicine projects represent a $168 million investment in innovation, design, construction and high end manufacturing.
Moore is the Chairman of SynRoc
Capital Corporation, the funding arm for an international environmental cleanup firm.