2013 CRT Challenge winners propose nuclear options

2013 CRT Challenge winners propose nuclear options

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The Consumer Electronics Association announced the winners of the second CRT Challenge, both of which propose processing CRT glass into products to manage nuclear waste.

The winner of the $10,000 prize, Dr. Thomas Engelhardt, proposed a method of using recovered CRT glass in the vitrification of nuclear waste. The process involves melting nuclear waste materials with glass-forming additives that incorporate the recycled CRT glass.

The runner-up, Dr. Mariano Velez of the Mo-Sci Corporation, will receive a $5,000 prize for a two-step process for using CRT glass to treat nuclear waste. The process includes a cost analysis for CRT glass recycling processes, as well as an environmental impact assessment, and then developing an ideal composition model for creating borosilicate glasses using CRT glass and nuclear waste material.

The CRT Challenge was designed to identify actionable solutions to CRT glass recycling issues and was co-sponsored by the CEA and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. The first CRT Challenge was held in 2011 and was co-sponsored by the CEA, the Environmental Defense Fund and Innocentive. Previous winners included a closed-loop process to separate CRT glass, as well as a process for combining CRT glass with cement to create a new type of building material.

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