Turning Radioactive Waste Into Clean Fuel

Last week at a press conference, we sat apprehensively beside a piece of shiny, lava-like stone wondering if it really was as inert as the company investors and president claimed. There we met with Israeli company Environmental Energy Resources (EER) which unveiled for the first time results of its industrial waste reactor in Israel's north — where the company has been demonstrating how it "plasma-sizes" huge quantities of undesirable waste into a pile of black rocks. Garbage in. Garbage out. Right? In EER's case — garbage goes in and clean energy, water and glass goes out. Sound too good to be true? The Ukrainian Government doesn't seem to think so. In 2004 it contracted EER to build a waste reactor, which is in operation similar to the one in Israel; the government most recently contracted the company to begin handling clean-up of low-radioactive waste resulting from the Chernobyl explosion.

Suited for low-radioactive, medical and industrial waste — EER provides the cheapest and most environmentally friendly solution for waste transformation, says the company. They also claim that their technology: plasma melting gasification (PGM) produces its own energy — 30% of which can be used for other purposes. "We are not burning. This is the key word," said Itschak Shrem from the investment house managing EER in an interview with Israel21c. "When you burn you produce dioxin. Instead, we vacuum out the oxygen to prevent combustion...In effect, we are combining two of the most exciting markets in the US - the environment and clean energy...We also reduce the carbon footprint." ::Israel21c