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Método para incrementar la concentración de agua tritiada

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOUK20190918004
Publicado:
20/11/2019
Caducidad:
20/11/2020
Resumen:
Un laboratorio europeo de fusión ha desarrollado un método para incrementar la concentración de agua tritiada y reducir el volumen. El proceso se basa en electrólisis de agua residual tritiada y en la humidificación del gas desprendido para reintroducir el tritio en el agua residual. Puesto que el coste de eliminación de residuos radioactivos depende del volumen de los residuos, es conveniente concentrar los residuos radiactivos tanto como sea posible. El agua contaminada por tritio se produce en plantas nucleares, industria farmacéutica, investigación en biología y reactores de agua pesada. El laboratorio está interesado en entrar en nuevos sectores y ofrecer una alternativa simplificada y de bajo coste a laboratorios y empresas de eliminación de residuos. La cooperación se establecerá en el marco de un acuerdo de licencia o investigación.

Details

Tittle:
Method for increasing the concentration of tritiated water
Summary:
A leading European fusion laboratory has developed a method for increasing the concentration of tritiated waste water whilst reducing the volume. The process involves electrolysing the tritiated waste water and then humidifying the evolved gas to reintroduce the Tritium into the waste water. The organisation is looking to break in to new sectors offering a simplified, lower cost alternative to many labs and waste disposal companies, via a licencing agreement or research agreement.
Description:
Tritium is usually present at a low level in the water and this typically renders the recovery of tritium uneconomical. However, tritium may not be disposed of directly into the environment and therefore disposal of such water wastes is typically expensive. As the cost of disposal of radioactive waste is usually dependent on the volume of the waste, it is beneficial to concentrate radioactive waste as far as possible.

A method for reducing the volume and increasing the concentration of tritiated water has been developed. This involves introducing the tritiated water into an electrolysis cell to form gaseous hydrogen and oxygen. The evolved hydrogen is then passed through a humidifier into a liquid phase catalytic isotope exchange separation column. The hydrogen rises up the column in a countercurrent flow with pure water that is being introduced at the top. This then flows back into the electrolysis cell in more concentrated form and can then be removed.

Tritium contaminated water is produced by nuclear reprocessing plants, the pharmaceutical industry, life-sciences research, and heavy water nuclear power reactors.

This could offer a simplified, lower cost alternative to many labs and waste disposal companies working within these sectors.

The organisation is looking to expand in to new sectors via a licencing agreement or research agreement.
Advantages and Innovations:
The innovations and advantages of this technology offer a less complicated method than alternatives on the market. There is flexibility in the final concentrations of the tritiated water and doesn´t require complicated monitoring systems and multiple feed points. This technology is also easily scalable.
Stage of Development:
Under development/lab tested
IPs:
Secret Know-how

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Looking for research and development organisations or companies in industries who operate in fields not related to fusion energy who are willing to collaborate and develop this technology in these new sectors via a licencing or research cooperation agreement. These organisations need to be focusing on the wider exploitation of this technology with a view to commercialisation.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
R&D Institution
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
06004 Micro y nanotecnología relacionada con las ciencias biológicas
09001008 Otros ensayos no destructivos