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Asia’s first demonstration facility for medical wastewater treatment using electron beam (EB) technology began operation in China this year. According the an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on 11 August. “This is the first pilot-scale – 400 cubic metres per day – demonstration of EB for medical wastewater treatment,” said Shijun He, Professor at the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology (INET) at Tsinghua University. The facility in the Hubei Province sterilises medical wastewater and decomposes antibiotics without additional disinfectant or the production of secondary pollution. The milestone builds on a foundation of research by and technical cooperation with the IAEA that started a decade ago. “The IAEA has played a very important role on EB application in China,” said He. The facility opened in May.

Date: Wednesday, 18 August 2021
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Electron beam technology is being used to treat medical wastewater in China for the first time. It is safer and cleaner than traditional methods as well as more effective at removing organic molecules such as viruses and antibiotics, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.

Date: Saturday, 14 August 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment (PPE), part of which must be sterile, i.e. exempt from any microorganism such as bacteria or moulds that can compromise the wearer’s or the patient's safety. It was realised that whilst irradiation is routinely used to sterilise medical products it might also be possible to use the technology to increase the available supply of PPE, writes Paul Wynne, chairman of the International Irradiation Association.

Date: Wednesday, 06 May 2020
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