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SYDNEY, Australia and OAKVILLE, Ontario, Feb. 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ANSTO, Australia’s knowledge center for nuclear science and technology, and Terrestrial Energy have agreed to explore ANSTO Synroc ® (synthetic rock) proprietary waste processing technology for the management of spent fuel.

Under the agreement, ANSTO will provide technical consultancy services to Terrestrial Energy for the conditioning of spent reactor fuel from the operation of the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR ® ) thermal and power plants in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and other global markets. Terrestrial Energy’s IMSR uses molten salt reactor technology, a Generation IV nuclear technology, to produce cost-competitive carbon-free heat for industrial applications and power generation.

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ANSTO Synroc is an Australian innovation offering a safe and cost effective solution for the disposal of complex medium and high level radioactive waste. ANSTO Synroc is based on crystalline or mineral phases that have survived in natural geological environments at high temperatures in the presence of water for hundreds of millions of years.

ANSTO Synroc waste treatment technology offers tailor-made waste chemistry with associated treatment technology. These safely accommodate a wide range of waste forms that meet international requirements for the long-term disposal of spent fuel from reactors. Synroc’s innovative nuclear waste treatment technology also significantly reduces the volume of waste to be disposed of, thereby reducing long-term life cycle costs.

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“The ANSTO Synroc team has considerable experience in developing and advancing solutions for spent fuel streams, and we are delighted to share the benefits of this new Synroc innovation with Terrestrial Energy,” said Gerry Triani, Technical Director of Synroc at ANSTO. “Terrestrial Energy’s spent fuel management program shares similarities with the ANSTO Synroc radioactive waste processing facility, which will process liquid waste from radiopharmaceutical production.”

“Synroc waste treatment technology provides the standards of safety and security of spent fuel from IMSR reactors that society expects and regulators demand. These standards are essential for the expansion of nuclear power generation to meet the challenges of our clean energy transition,” said Simon Irish, CEO of Terrestrial Energy, about the partnership. “In many ways, this technology completes the fuel cycle of IMSR, from rock to clean power generation, and back to rock, and where we took inspiration from in naming the company, Terrestrial Energy.”

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The development of the ANSTO Synroc Facility in Sydney is funded by the Australian government under the ANSTO Nuclear Medicine project. It is intended to contain the radioactive by-products resulting from the production of vital radioactive isotopes, widely used in medical imaging for the diagnosis of many diseases.

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Terrestrial Energy is a developer of small modular nuclear power plants that use its proprietary IMSR (Integral Molten Salt Reactor) technology. The IMSR is a non-light water reactor that uses Generation IV technology to produce electricity 50% more efficiently than conventional nuclear reactor technology. The IMSR represents a radical improvement in the economics, versatility and functionality of nuclear power plants that is only possible with Generation IV technology. IMSR power plants will provide resilient, reliable, dispatchable, carbon-free, cost-competitive electrical power and high-quality process heat for use in many industrial applications, such as chemical synthesis, hydrogen and desalination, thereby extending the application of nuclear energy well beyond the electricity markets. IMSR plants have the potential to make significant contributions to industrial competitiveness, energy security and economic growth. Their deployment will support rapid global decarbonization of the primary energy system by shifting the burning of fossil fuels across a broad spectrum and can scale to meet the net-zero policy goals of major industrial economies. Using innovative design and proven, proven molten salt reactor technology, Terrestrial Energy has engaged with regulators and industry partners to complete IMSR engineering and commission the first IMSR power plants within a decade.

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About ANSTO

ANSTO is one of Australia’s largest public research organizations and is widely recognized as an international player in nuclear science and technology. Its vision is to be a global partner in nuclear science, research and engineering, renowned for tackling complex problems and delivering results to create a more sustainable world. ANSTO works in areas such as health, the environment and the nuclear fuel cycle to find solutions to some of the biggest scientific questions for the benefit of all Australians. ANSTO also provides the Australian and international community with products and services to improve human health, support industry and protect the environment.

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Contact: Jarret Adams Terrestrial Energy Phone: +1 (202) 815-9234 Email: [email protected] Contact: Brian Smith Terrestrial Energy Phone: +1 (416) 822-3130 Email: [email protected] Contact for ANSTO media enquiries: Phil McCall Australian Public Affairs Phone: +61 438 619 987 Email: [email protected] Contact for ANSTO Synroc technology: Melissah Picca ANSTO Phone: +61 436 913 517 Email: [email protected]

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