January 22, 2022

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Chernobyl’s air is already safer thanks to new technology

The new technology will help to significantly reduce radiation to a normal level.

The Swiss company Exlterra (Excellence for the Earth) is engaged in the marketing and production of environmentally sustainable technological solutions. Exlterra cooperates with the Ukrainian specialized enterprise Ecocentre (SSE Ecocentre), which specializes in radiation monitoring in Chernobyl.

Currently, the so-called “zone” is only accessible in select locations, but that has to be changed through a new technology called Nucleus Separation Passive System (NSPS). So far, this technology has been tested on an area of ​​one hectare from November 2020 to September 2021. During this period, the radiation value in the air decreased by 47 percent and in the soil by 37 percent. NSPS primarily uses high-speed particles, known as positrons (anti-electron). These radioactive isotopes are directed into the soil, which is broken down by these particles. The same process occurs below the surface of the soil.

Full results are not yet known, but according to scientists working on the project, they are on the way to returning the test site to normal levels. According to CEO Sergey Kiriev of SSE Ecocentre, these results are remarkable, and this is the first time in 35 years that radiation has been reduced in the “area”. At the same time, hope shines for the cleansing of the “core” of the problem, hidden under the sarcophagus. If the new technology is fully deployed, it will be possible to reduce the period from 24,000 years before the radiation completely disappears, to just 5 years, which would be a huge step forward.

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Source: interesting engineeringAnd