eMBEDDED CATALYST

YEAR:

2014

 

LOCATION:

CHERNOBYL, UKRAINE

TEAM: 

NATHAN KIATKULPIBOONE

FARNOOSH RAFAIE

PROJECT TYPE: 

RADIOACTIVE DECONTAMINATION CENTER

 

about the project

Consequences of a complacent attitude towards nuclear power have forever altered our genetic code, wildlife, and the food we eat. While we pour money into nuclear subsidies, nothing is being done to alleviate past missteps. While the biological impacts of nuclear disasters are innumerable, architectural and societal effects do exist. Radiation has rendered architecture uninhabitable, trapping buildings in regretful futility. While we wait for half-lives to expire, our land, air, and oceans have become a radioactive stew in which we blanch our food.

Within the past decade, scientists have discovered a mineral (still unassigned to the periodic table) capable of releasing radioactive substances from water-based solutions. Our aim is to synthesize this rare mineral [27-4] so that we can make reparations for our prior disregard to safety. In doing so, we not only have the opportunity to cleanse our land, but better the lives of those affected by nuclear radiation. By learning more about this Mineral 27-4, we might uncover a cellular link to human anatomy and create treatments for certain chemical exposures. Included, we can safeguard our food, wildlife, and the Earth for future generations.

Implementation

We choose Chernobyl as our first site and place blending tanks in the Pripyat Reservoir to collect water and infuse it with synthesized Mineral 27-4. The solution is then irrigated just beneath the surface of the Earth and allowed to disperse through the contaminated site. Dispersion releases radioactive substances through the soil as the solution settles into the aquifer. From this level of soil, the solution is pumped back to the tower for filtration. Water is recycled to the reservoir while hazardous isotopes are stored for transformation into energy. Hazardous isotopes of Uranium, Strontium, Iodine, and Cesium are heated into their respective oxides and fluorinated before fabrication into energy. Embodied energy from reactants is used to power cyclical irrigation.

Above the centrifuge sit research labs, the first being for nuclear power. These labs monitor the centrifuge and spearhead isotope enrichment and optimization. Above, land renewal labs measure the decline in contamination of the site, develop preemptive measures for nuclear disaster prevention, and compare flora and fauna onsite to those existing in other habitats. Around the site, we propose greenhouses and wildlife reserves for evaluating new growth in a healing ecology. Included are augers that monitor soil toxicity creating a map of decontaminative progress around the region. The last set of labs is dedicated to cell research and improving the human condition with a concentration on radiation. Here, shield technologies, treatment, and prevention are all points of investigation.

The final piece of program includes researcher living quarters to provide safe on-site housing for people developing new technologies. Between the labs and housing is an addition service level committed to decontamination and quarantine of hazardous research material.