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This Could Solve Nuclear Energy’s Biggest Problem

Transmutex’s brilliant solution to thorium reactors.

Will Lockett
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4 min readJun 2, 2024

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Nuclear energy is far from the boogeyman many think it is. Its carbon emissions are as low as solar, it produces significantly less environmental radiation than coal power plants, and its death rate is substantially lower than any renewable or fossil fuel power, even if disasters such as Chornobyl or Fukushima are taken into account. Even storing nuclear waste is far from the conundrum that many claim it is, as nuclear waste is more like glass or ceramic than glowing green goop, and as such, storing it safely long-term is feasible. Despite this, the public, politicians and policymakers see nuclear waste as a major reason to avoid nuclear energy. But, thanks to Transmutex, this problem could be easily resolved. You see, they have developed a technology that dramatically reduces the radioactivity of nuclear waste by 80% and reduces the time it remains radioactive from several hundred thousand years to just 500. What’s more, this technology can enable nuclear reactors to use our current stockpile of nuclear waste as nuclear fuel! But is this too good to be true?

Let’s start with the science behind Transmutex’s technology.

A typical nuclear reactor uses a specific isotope of uranium, uranium 235 (U235), as fuel. It’s…

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Will Lockett
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