BORES® – Technology for Boron Separation

A solution for separating boron from radioactive liquid waste. BORES® technology is a trusted process for recovering boron from not only operating wastes (e.g. evaporator concentrate) but also power plant process water during decommissioning.

Environmental friendly

Zero boron discharge to waterways

Cost efficient

BORES produces radiochemically clean and reusable materials

Productivity and transformation
Simple and Robust

Effective process with minimalistic system structure

Fortum BORES®

Pressurised water reactors (PWR) use boron to control reactivity. Many operating nuclear power plants of this type have strict limits for boron releases to waterways. Fortum BORES® (Boron Removal System) water treatment solution was developed to treat and recover the boric acid from PWR power plants.

BORES® removes boron efficiently

BORES® can be used to treat all of the system waters containing boron (e.g. fuel pool waters, boron concentrate waters etc.)  as well as the evaporator concentrates of a plant.

In the simple, efficient and robust treatment process of BORES®, a very high decontamination factor for boron can be achieved.

Key benefits for customers:

  • Zero boron discharge to waterways
  • Considerable savings in disposal cost
    • BORES® produces radiochemically clean and dry alkaline borate or boric acid. Boric acid can be disposed or re-used as conventional, non-radioactive waste.
    • Use of BORES® results in minimal amount of secondary waste.
  • Cost efficient and robust treatment process
    • BORES® is simple but effective process with less components and equipment

Tailored solutions to maximize customer value

BORES® systems are always tailored according to customer’s needs. BORES® delivery may include

  • Conceptual and detailed design
  • Delivery of treatment system
    • Installation
    • Commissioning
    • Training
    • Support for operation and maintenance
  • Ion exchange media

We also can offer water treatment with BORES® as a service.

For more information:

Antti Ketolainen

Senior Manager
Decommissioning and Waste
Contact NURES- and BORES- product team:
nures [at] fortum [dot] com


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