Curio and Deep Isolation have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collectively drive forward the development of advanced technologies for efficient and secure disposal of high-level nuclear waste (HLW).
Under this MOU, both Curio and Deep Isolation will mutually collaborate and exchange critical information for the use of Deep Isolation’s Universal Canister System (UCS) and patented directional drilling solution for deep borehole disposal for the isolation and management of HLW from UNF recycling.
Deep Isolation is the owner and developer of a suite of technologies for deep borehole storage and disposal of used nuclear fuel and other nuclear waste. As part of an R&D program funded by ARPA-E, Deep Isolation has developed a UCS for borehole disposal that can accommodate a variety of fuel types and waste forms.
Curio is the owner and developer of the NuCycle technology, which intends to produce, on a global scale, recycled nuclear fuel and a wide range of isotopes with existing and prospective market demands in a manner that dramatically reduces the amount of HLW by as much as 96% or more while ensuring robust safeguards and security by design.
This collaborative initiative is geared towards exploring synergies between Curio and Deep Isolation with respect to their respective UNF recycling and disposal technologies and establishing a framework for cooperation in development of methods related to loading, storage, handling, and transportation of HLW-bearing canisters after the NuCycle process.
Ed McGinnis, CEO of Curio, remarked, “This collaboration signifies a pivotal moment in nuclear technology history where both advanced recycling and advanced geologic sequestration technology are progressing toward commercialization. By joining forces with Deep Isolation, we’re not just addressing a critical need for effective nuclear waste management; we’re spearheading an era of innovation and responsibility in the nuclear industry.”
This strategic partnership combines Curio’s expertise in advanced nuclear recycling technology with Deep Isolation’s pioneering solutions for nuclear waste disposal. By leveraging their respective strengths and knowledge, both entities aim to revolutionize the landscape of nuclear waste management, emphasizing collaboration, innovation, and environmental responsibility.
The joint efforts outlined in this MOU are poised to set new standards for efficient, secure, and environmentally conscious disposal solutions for high-level nuclear waste.
Elizabeth Muller, CEO of Deep Isolation, remarked, “We’re excited to work with the Curio team to address waste disposal requirements from nuclear fuel recycling. This MOU lays the groundwork to better understand and address those needs.”
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