Adsorbent ion exchange products help remove radiation from Fukushima wastewater

Adsorbent ion exchange products are successfully being used by Toshiba Corporation and Shaw Global Services LLC for the cleanup of radiation-contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan...

Dec 9th, 2011

DES PLAINES, IL, Dec. 8, 2011 -- Adsorbent ion exchange products from UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, are successfully being used by Toshiba Corporation and Shaw Global Services LLC for the cleanup of radiation-contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

The Simplified Active Water Retrieve and Recovery System (SARRY) is utilizing UOP IONSIV™ Ion Exchangers to remove and reduce radioactive materials in the contaminated wastewater. The wastewater at Fukushima Daiichi was contaminated after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this year.

"Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this disaster. Honeywell's UOP is proud that our advanced ion exchange products are successfully supporting the efforts to treat the contaminated water and helping to prevent further damage at the Fukushima plant and surrounding areas," said Mike Millard, vice president and general manager of Catalysts, Adsorbents and Specialties for Honeywell's UOP.

The SARRY system, developed by Toshiba, Shaw and AVANTech Inc., has been in operation for over three months and continues to reduce radioactive cesium to non-detectable levels.

UOP IONSIV Ion Exchanger adsorbents are crystalline materials that have the ability to selectivity remove radioactive ions from liquids. These materials have been used commercially for more than 30 years to remove radioactive ions from liquids such as radioactive waste streams in commercial nuclear power plants, alkaline tank waste and spent fuel storage pool water.

Honeywell's UOP pioneered the adsorbents industry more than 60 years ago with the invention of the first synthetic zeolites for use as molecular sieve adsorbents. Today, in addition to a wide range of molecular sieve and activated alumina products, it offers a broad portfolio of adsorbents for the removal of contaminants such as mercury and sulfur compounds.

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