Hitachi is developing a new reactor that burns transuranium elements, such as those produced by this advanced test reactor at Argonne National Laboratory (Image: Argonne National Laboratory/Wikimedia)
Diagram of Hitachi's nuclear-waste burning reactor system (Image: Hitachi)
The problem with nuclear waste is that it needs to be stored for many thousands of years before it’s safe, which is a tricky commitment for even the most stable civilization. To make this situation a bit more manageable, Hitachi, in partnership with MIT, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley, is working on new reactor designs that use transuranic nuclear waste for fuel; leaving behind only short-lived radioactive elements.
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