Laser tech companies in Vilnius developed laser with potential to tackle nuclear waste threat

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THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL HIGH-INTENSITY ULTRA-SHORT PULSE LASER, SYLOS, COULD SOLVE THE NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL PROBLEM

The global success of TV mini-series Chernobyl reminded the world of the dire consequences that poorly managed nuclear power could bring. Even though the production of nuclear power emits considerably less greenhouse gas compared to fossil fuel-powered plants, it remains a potential threat to the environment.

The process of producing power via nuclear energy creates radioactive nuclear waste as a by-product, which is then stored in sealed containers for hundreds and thousands of years. As no technology can nullify the harmful effect yet, possible spillages are raising concerns globally. Two Vilnius-based laser technology companies – Light Conversion and Ekspla – developed a laser which could solve the nuclear waste management problem.

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