A growing number of experts are convinced that the transition to net zero carbon needs to involve greater use of nuclear power. But one of the problems with nuclear is what to do with the additional nuclear waste. Ed McGinnis, who heads startup CURIO™, has called the need to find acceptable solutions to nuclear waste “the largest ball and chain on the ankle of the US nuclear energy sector.”
CURIO™ has developed an innovative process for spent nuclear fuel recycling, called NuCycle™. This would turn nuclear waste into usable products, including fuel for advanced nuclear reactors, and isotopes that can be used for other functions, such as making power sources for space missions and tiny batteries. The company envisions its NuCycle™ facility to be the size of a football stadium and capable of recycling all of the US’s nuclear waste.