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Large Scale Tritium Recovery from Obsolete Illumination Devices at LLNL

J. M. Mintz, D. K. Spencer, D. M. Holck

Fusion Science and Technology

Volume 60 / Number 4 / November 2011 / Pages 1220-1223


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Since 2001, LLNL has supported a program to recover and recycle tritium from exit signs, telephone dials, gun sights and other military and commercial tritium-powered illumination devices. In addition to permitting tritium reuse, this effort also provides an environmentally safe disposal option. Recently, the startup of the Tritium Grinder System (TGS) in the LLNL Tritium Facility has added significantly to the program's capability and capacity. Actual results, including the collected gas chemical composition and unit processing rate are presented along with a summary of the design features, operating procedures and safety controls.

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