EDF and Veolia create Waste2Glass joint venture
Electricity generator EDF and environmental services group Veolia have established Waste2Glass, a 50/50 joint venture that will develop a new sector based on Veolia's Geomelt vitrification technology.
Vitrification has long been considered by international nuclear authorities as a suitable choice for high-level nuclear waste because of its durability, which is measured in hundreds of thousands of years.
GeoMelt produces an ultra-stable glass that is about ten times stronger than concrete and more durable than granite or marble.
Due to its technical nature and cost, vitrification has until now been reserved for highly radioactive waste.
Thanks to the complementary know-how of the two partners, Waste2Glass will be able to take up the challenge of the industrial deployment of the GeoMelt technology, which will make it possible to broaden and simplify the use of the vitrification process for a wider range of waste types.
Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia said: "Our business and our Purpose as a world leader of the ecological transformation is to offer innovative technologies and solutions for the management of complex waste such as hazardous and radioactive waste. I am delighted that we have taken this further step in our collaboration with EDF with the creation of Waste2Glass. It will enable a real change of scale through the industrialisation of GeoMelt, which will make it possible to treat radioactive waste more safely and more economically, with a reduction in storage volumes."
Image: GeoMelt technology can melt in situ or in a designated container