Video/animation icon  Fission Product Extraction Process (FPEX)

 
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Description: This video demonstrates a new technology developed by INL, which can simultaneously extract cesium and strontium for reuse. FPEX, also called the Fission Product Extraction Process, is a key process that simultaneously and synergistically extracts cesium and strontium from spent nuclear fuel. Using an environmentally-friendly and commercially-available solvent, scientists now can remove these two valuable elements for reuse. Strontium isotopes are widely used in medical research and thermal energy applications for daily and emergent power in remote areas. Cesium may prove very valuable in radiation processing of natural and synthetic materials, creating agricultural soil conditioners and fertilizers, as well as disinfecting water and food. Not only are the two elements recyclable with this process, but the solvent also is reusable.
Keywords: fission • caesium • strontium • isotopes • solvent • fuel • reactor • waste • recycling • storage • environment • video
Categories: Materials
Applications > Energy > Nuclear energy
Other topics > Sustainability
Other topics > Environment
Created by: Idaho National Laboratory
Contributions: Catherine L. Riddle, Idaho National Laboratory
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Date created: 15 November 2005
Date added: 22 March 2011
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Resource ID: 3490