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  • Writer's pictureFranklin Servan-Schreiber

Sponsoring intelligent conversation in Italy

Transmutex is proud to sponsor i-Week, a high-level colloquium on Nuclear Energy in Italy, along with ENEA, Politecnico di Milano, Ansaldo Nucleare, Sogin, SWG S.p.A. and the Ministry of Enterprises and Made in Italy.

An effective energy transition will only happen based on serious data driven discussions among government, industry and academia. Italy is showing the way for the safe, and impactful, comeback of nuclear energy to help decarbonize the energy suppy.

Thank you to V&A - Vento & Associati for the organization of this event.

Press Release (translated from Italian, see original attached):

Energy, iWeek: nuclear, transmutation, Generation IV and waste management in the first

meeting in Milan on 5 October

Generation IV nuclear power, waste management, and the Italian safety and decommissioning chain,

the answer to the "Not in my back yard" (NIMBY) dilemma are at the centre of the first event of the fourth edition of iWeek, promoted by V&A - Vento & Associati and Dune with the title "Nuclear, can it be done?"

Among the most innovative topics, transmutation will in particular be addressed in the first of the day's three talks day: this technology makes it possible, through the use of thorium-based fuel, not only to solve the the problem of nuclear waste, but to pave the way for an era of unlimited, safe, ecologically clean, non-proliferating and virtuous energy. clean, non-proliferating and virtually inexhaustible energy. Speaking about this, starting at 9.40 a.m., will be: Federico Carminati, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer of Transmutex; Riccardo Casale, CEO of Ansaldo Nucleare; Luca Mastrantonio, Head of Nuclear Innovation at Enel; Lorenzo Mottura, EVP Strategy, Corporate Development & Innovation of Edison; Ezio Palmisani, President and CEO of Duferco Engineering. Moderator: Cheo Condina, Deputy Head of Radiocor Il Sole 24 Ore.

"Producing clean energy without long-lived nuclear waste," says Federico Carminati, Co-Founder &

Chief Technology Officer of Transmutex - is the principle on which the idea of nuclear transmutation is based, an area in which Transmutex is an absolute pioneer. It is a completely new type of nuclear energy new, free of carbon dioxide emissions and without the traditional challenges of existing atomic power plants existing atomic power plants, capable of providing electricity at competitive costs, thanks mainly to a reduction in the amount of fuel required, 1,000 times less than that of a conventional reactor, and the definitive resolution the problem of radioactive waste storage and disposal costs'.

With nuclear transmutation, the most radioactive elements are transformed into other less radioactive elements. The continuous repetition of this process transmutes the new waste into less and less radioactive material, obtaining enormous amounts of energy through the use of a fast subcritical reactor in which a particle beam, produced by a particle accelerator, enters into the core to keep the chain reaction going, which otherwise could not feed itself. Without the beam, the reactor shuts down within two milliseconds, making accidents similar to the one at Chernobyl.

In addition, thanks to the use of thorium, it is possible to reuse radioactive waste from old fission power stations fission power stations as fuel. The new transmutation power stations will therefore make it possible to produce energy safe by disposing of old radioactive waste, fully using the fuel and producing electricity continuously and in large quantities without greenhouse gas emissions.

Compared to uranium, thorium has several advantages. Firstly, it is more abundant, since it is

present in the earth's crust in quantities approximately four times higher, estimated at around 12 million

tonnes. Moreover, thorium is a fertile material and therefore entirely usable in reactors

self-fertilising reactors without the need for enrichment. A thorium-fuelled reactor then produces a

minimal amount of long-lived radioactive elements such as plutonium, americium and curium. This results in the spent fuel, which remains in the reactor, is 1,000 times less dangerous than

of a uranium reactor and that the waste produced can be disposed of more easily. In addition,

from the point of view of national policies, the reduction of nuclear waste through the use of

alternative or 'circular' fuels, i.e. which reuse not only the waste produced by the reactor itself, but also those from other reactors other than the fourth generation, contributes to mitigating the syndrome against nuclear energy.

Finally, the greater availability of thorium together with its more equitable geographical distribution

and the characteristics of its supply chain, which is safer and shorter in perspective, tend to mitigate

the incidence of geopolitical and geo-economic risks.

For the full programme and further information, please visit the iWeek website at


The fourth edition of iWeek "Nuclear, can it be done?" is organised with the support of Transmutex, Edison, Ansaldo Nucleare, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, Campoverde, Banca Finnat, BS Urban, SWG and Volocom Technology and with the patronage of the Lombardy Region, the ICE Agency, Enea, the Italian Nuclear Nuclear Association and the Politecnico di Milano

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