Can deep drilling make nuclear power greener?

Liz Muller’s portion begins at 22:40. Elizabeth Muller is CEO and co-founder of Deep Isolation, who talks about her background as an environmentalist and explains why she wanted to “solve” the issue of nuclear waste disposal so that the future growth of nuclear is not held back by negative public perception of the issue. She explains the company’s deep borehole repository system and sets out likely timescales, which means there could be a disposal site up and running within the next five to ten years.

Atomic Insights, August 9, 2022

The Power Hungry Podcast: Elizabeth Muller

Elizabeth Muller is the CEO of Deep Isolation, a Berkeley-based company that seeks to resolve America’s nuclear waste challenge by using technology borrowed from the oil and gas business. In this episode, she explains why the waste issue must be solved before the nuclear sector can have a full renaissance, why Deep Isolation must have success overseas before it succeeds here, the advantages of using boreholes instead of a mined repository (think Yucca Mountain), and why, when it comes to nuclear, “the world has shifted over the past six months.”

This is the second Atomic Show featuring Liz Muller. While reviewing some of the basics of her company and their technological solutions, this show focused more on providing an update of activities and progress made since April of 2020.

Doug Parsons interviews Deep Isolation CEO Liz Muller about why there’s a critical need for innovation in nuclear waste disposal, covering topics such as social responsibility (ESG) and how solving the nuclear waste issue can play a role in helping to address climate change.

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