Deep Isolation CEO and Experts Present during Waste Management 2024 in Phoenix, AZ

Press Release, March 11, 2024

Deep Isolation CEO and Experts Present during Waste Management 2024 in Phoenix, AZ

PHOENIX AZ — Deep Isolation, a leading innovator in nuclear waste storage and disposal solutions, will present its three latest publications and offer insights into site screening criteria at Waste Management Symposia 2024. The conference is taking place at the Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ from March 10 through March 14, 2024.

Graphic showing Booth 540 for Waste Management Symposia for March 9-14, 2024

On March 12 at 8:55 am, Deep Isolation’s Head of Engineering, Jesse Sloane, will discuss our project to develop a Universal Canister System.   Working in conjunction with NAC International Inc., the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Deep Isolation is leading the charge to develop an integrated waste management system for the safe transport, storage, and ultimate disposal of waste streams coming from advanced fuel cycles and advanced reactors.  Project UPWARDS will deliver a Universal Canister System design, a functional prototype to be used for future testing, and a set of generic waste acceptance criteria, providing for true universality by allowing for the disposal of a variety of waste streams in both conventional mined and novel deep borehole repositories.

“The Project UPWARDS team has made considerable progress through the first half of the project.  We expect the Universal Canister System to set a new standard for the advanced reactor industry, enabling companies to plan for use of a fully integrated waste management system prior to their new reactors even coming online,” Sloane said.  “Deep Isolation has worked diligently to create solutions for the disposal of legacy nuclear waste, a challenge that has hindered the global nuclear power industry for decades.  As we continue advancing these solutions, we are committed to proactively clearing these hurdles for the next generation of nuclear power.”

On March 12 at 1 pm, Dr. Ethan Bates, Director of Systems Engineering, will present a paper outlining Deep Isolation’s newly developed site evaluation framework for deep borehole repositories. “One of the first questions any nation will ask when considering deep borehole disposal is what types of site properties and host rocks are needed.  In this paper we developed a systematic and phased approach to answering this question, factoring in how the level of knowledge on potential sites and the repository design will change over time,” Dr. Bates said.

On March 12 at 2:45 pm, Chris Parker, Managing Director of Deep Isolation EMEA Limited, will present “Progress Towards the Demonstration of Deep Borehole Disposal”.  At Waste Management Symposia 2023, a group of international stakeholders from government and industry came together to announce the establishment of an independent, multi-national, non-profit organization: the Deep Borehole Demonstration Center.  He will describe the progress the Center has made over the last year, and outline the multi-year, phased program of work that the Center is looking to deliver.

CEO Liz Muller will also present the company and its technology to the Arizona section of the American Nuclear Society on Monday, March 11th at 6 pm at The Old Spaghetti Factory. Please feel free to RSVP by emailing or texting (623) 377-2827. More information is available in this flyer

Deep Isolation canister assembly in warehouse environment.

The Waste Management Symposia annual conference is a premier event that gathers 3,000 attendees from more than 30 countries to discuss and share ideas on many crosscutting topics including: robotic handling, remote systems, new technologies, radioactive and hazardous waste characterization, treatment storage, packaging, transportation, and disposal, engineering design and construction, environmental laboratories, decontamination, decommissioning, and environmental remediation – as well as emerging topics such as small modular reactors, clean energy, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Earlier this month, Deep Isolation announced the completion of its first full-size prototype canister in collaboration with its partners, for the safe geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste in deep boreholes. The corrosion-resistant canister, measuring over 16 feet in length and weighing close to 4,500 pounds, has been manufactured by the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) in Rotherham, with support from Lancashire-based Graham Engineering. As part of this work, the canister design, driven by US fuel cycle specialist NAC International Inc., has been verified as meeting current UK regulatory requirements. Read Full Press Release.

Stop by Booth 540 at the Waste Management Symposia to learn more about Deep Isolation.


About Deep Isolation

Deep Isolation is a leading global innovator in nuclear waste storage and disposal solutions. Driven by a passion for environmental stewardship and scientific ingenuity, the company’s patented solution of advanced nuclear technologies enables global delivery through its partnerships with industry leaders as well as flexible IP licensing options.

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