New joint venture introduces radioactive waste treatment solutions


France Waste2Glass, a 50/50 joint venture formed by EDF and Veolia, will develop a new sector based on Veolia’s Geomelt vitrification technology.

Two years after establishing Graphitech, a joint venture dedicated to the development of solutions for the decommissioning of graphite-gas reactors that has now become a European leader in this field, the partners are renewing their joint commitment to developing innovative solutions for the treatment of complex radioactive waste.

Because of the technical nature and high cost of vitrification, it has previously been reserved for highly radioactive waste. Waste2Glass will be able to take on the challenge of industrializing the GeoMelt technology, which will broaden and simplify the use of the vitrification process for a wider range of waste types, thanks to the complementary know-how of the two partners.

Given the advantages it offers over existing technologies, GeoMelt is currently an unrivaled technology with the potential to become a new benchmark solution for the treatment of complex waste.

The Waste2Glass company will be established in early 2022. It will be based in Limay (Yvelines), near a new pilot unit that will incorporate the GeoMelt process, which Veolia recently commissioned, in order to carry out demonstrations and obtain the certifications required for the industrial deployment of this process.