North West based water and waste treatment specialists Arvia Technology , and nuclear operators Magnox, scooped a prestigious Rushlight clean technology award, at one of the UK and Ireland’s premier environmental events – hosted by Sir John Beddington, UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor.
The companies jointly walked away with the coveted Rushlight Clean Environment Award, in recognition of their partnership in developing the Arvia Titan, a new and highly innovative solution for the treatment of radioactive oil waste. Retrieving and processing this type of waste material is a major challenge, as part of decommissioning and cleaning-up the UK’s nuclear legacy.
Held in Westminster, London, the Rushlight Awards recognise those sustainable businesses that are making a positive difference to the environment through innovation and technological advancement.
Arvia Technology, a spin-out from the University of Manchester, developed new low carbon, waste and chemical free technology for the treatment of water and waste water. However, innovative collaboration with nuclear specialists Magnox Ltd revealed a new and high-value, sustainable solution.
A full scale Arvia Titan unit is now in operation at the decommissioning Trawsfynydd Site in North Wales, providing a sustainable onsite alternative to the incineration of oil waste at specialist facilities across Europe.
Arvia Technology CEO Martin Keighley comments: “This is a very exciting moment for both Arvia Technology and Magnox. Recognition in the UK Cleantech sector doesn’t come any bigger than the Rushlight Awards, and to win the Clean Environment Award is particularly satisfying due to the high volume and quality of entrants this year.
“The Arvia Titan has the potential to not only save on resources and reduce environmental impact – but to also improve safety and efficiency. Put simply, it offers the nuclear sector an entirely new solution – a game changer.”
Trawsfynydd’s Site Director, Dave Wilson, Said: “the award is testament to the hard work, inspiration and innovation demonstrated by the project team. Radioactive waste oil is amongst the most difficult waste streams we have to manage at Trawsfynydd – the Arvia solution could prove to be a significant step forward for the whole nuclear industry.”