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Nagra opens geological history archive


After more than 50 years of research, Nagra opened its drill core archive in Mellingen. Thousands of drill cores document the last 200 million years of Northern Switzerland’s geological history.

Could transmutation of radioactive waste make a deep geological repository superfluous?
22.05.2024 #Project of the century
Could transmutation of radioactive waste make a deep geological repository superfluous?

No, we would still need a deep geological repository. Even after the transmutation of the high-level waste, radioactive waste would remain, and this would still have to be disposed of in a deep geological repository. We would also need new nuclear reactors, but constructing them is currently prohibited in Switzerland.

Nagra founds subsidiaries for the construction and operation of the deep geological repository project
03.04.2024 #Media releases
Nagra founds subsidiaries for the construction and operation of the deep geological repository project

Nagra will found two new subsidiaries that will be responsible for the construction and operation of the deep geological repository (Nagra gTL AG) and of the encapsulation plants (Nagra BEVA AG). The members of the Nagra Cooperative unanimously approved this decision at an extraordinary general meeting. By doing so, Nagra will follow the proven Alptransit organisational model.

What does Switzerland think about the deep geological repository?
06.02.2024 #People #Project of the century
What does Switzerland think about the deep geological repository?

Switzerland is confident that it can realise the project of the century of deep geological disposal. A recent, representative survey shows that acceptance is high across the whole of Switzerland and in the affected region.

“In the world of research, this is not a given…”
17.01.2024 #People #Project of the century
“In the world of research, this is not a given…”

Her job is never boring: geomechanics expert Eleonora Crisci shares what she particularly likes about the project of the century of deep geological disposal.

“The disposal issue can be solved – that is motivating”
03.01.2024 #People
“The disposal issue can be solved – that is motivating”

“We need a solution,” says PSI scientist Maria Marques Fernandes with conviction. “That is why this is one of the most important tasks a researcher can have at the moment.”

Harry Potter and the Grimsel Crystals
18.12.2023 #Project of the century
Harry Potter and the Grimsel Crystals

Did you know that the Crystal Cave next to the Grimsel Test Site almost became the setting for a scene in a Harry Potter movie?

“We cannot shift the problems into the future”
05.12.2023 #People
“We cannot shift the problems into the future”

Carmen Zwahlen from the University of Bern explains why she is “very lucky” to have this job.

Solving a million-year-old puzzle
21.11.2023 #People
Solving a million-year-old puzzle

Geologist Stephan Wohlwend from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich supports Nagra in its exploration of the underground: “I help to solve a small piece of the puzzle, and this can generate something meaningful for the future.”

Dealing with conflicting goals and getting young people involved
08.11.2023 #Project of the century
Dealing with conflicting goals and getting young people involved

Collaboration improves the project of the century of deep geological disposal – the attendees at the “Dialogue on the Deep Geological Repository” event all agreed on this. But where are the pitfalls, what problems could arise?