Vol 2 Feb 2002       

Laser used in photodeactivation process

Waste May
Become a
Safe Energy

Staff report
A series of press releases from Nuclear Solutions, Inc. (NSOL) proposes that they have a technology whereby they can render nuclear waste no longer radioactive and concomitantly create a new fuel source. Their technology uses. . .

. . .an application of photonuclear physics to nuclear waste called Photodeactivation, a term coined by the inventor, Dr. Paul M. Brown. Photodeactivation involves the irradiation of specific radioactive isotopes to force the emission of a neutron, thereby producing an isotope of reduced atomic mass. These resultant isotopes are characteristically either not radioactive or radioactive with a short half-life.
—NSOL Press Release
Our contact, Gary Vesperman, says that he met Dr. Paul Brown at an Institute of New Energy symposium in Salt Lake City in 1998. Gary expressed his gratification that Dr. Brown finally felt confident enough with his research to publicly announce his method of neutralizing radioactive waste.

Dr. Brown's photo-remediation method offers the side benefit of safely producing electricity from the heat of the process.

According to the company, Nuclear Solutions, Inc.'s technology for radioactive waste remediation and electricity generation "is the solution the nuclear power industry has been seeking for 50 years."

Dr. Paul M. BrownNSOL President and CEO Dr. Paul M. Brown says, "We have a technology whereby we can render nuclear waste no longer radioactive. We can make it stable. [and] The real beauty of this process is, it actually produces power, so we have a safe, clean, efficient method of generating power that just happens to burn nuclear waste."

Industrially, the company says, the process would operate at a sub-critical level, so that the heat produced could be used to generate electricity in a safe and environmentally benign manner.

Brown calls his new process the HyperconTM ADS process (ADS stands for Accelerator-Driven System). Japanese and French scientists have recently confirmed that ADS systems are valid and feasible.

According to the Wall Street Reporter, Brown characterizes the new ADS process as "revolutionizing."

"The nuclear industry, when it was first born gave us the promise of clean, cheap electric power," Brown told the Reporter. "However, the nuclear waste issue has been a problem that has been unresolved for the last fifty years ... The current solution is to put the waste into drums and bury it underground. And of course that isn't a solution. Our process is the solution the nuclear industry has been looking for."

NSOL says that it is currently engaged in computer modeling of its Hypercon ADS process using the MCNP (Monte Carlo N-Particle) code, which the company has been expanding for photonuclear applications.

NSOL's technology works on the laboratory scale, and preliminary computer simulations suggest that this technology will also work on the industrial scale. NSOL is taking the steps necessary for commercialization of the technology.

NSOL says that it plans to capitalize on its technology by forming strategic alliances and joint ventures with well-established leaders in the nuclear industry.

The company is located at 1530 E. Commercial Avenue, Suite 109, Meridian, ID 83642. Phone: 208-846-7868; Fax: 208-846-7865. Their email address is: info@nuclearsolutions.com. You may visit their website at NuclearSolutions.com.

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