Nuclear decontamination

NuClear Decontamination

RADIOLOGICALLY PROVEN and efficient dry process

With the cleanLASER, nuclear contaminations with rates of 99.6 % and more for α and particularly high factors for β and γ radiation can be removed. The homogenized blasting technology makes it possible to gently clean all common geometries and metal materials below the degradation threshold for reuse or recycling.

The process can thus be used economically and in an environmentally friendly manner for both decommissioning and maintenance work on running nuclear power plants. Cleaning using laser light as a dry process replaces the chemical wet and the mechanical blasting process.


    • Decontamination rates of 99.6 % and more
    • High decontamination area rates with > 15 m²/h for slightly adhering contaminations (rust, oxides) and > 8 m²/h for solid contamination (hot area, paint)
    • Enormous reduction of hazardous and expensive secondary waste (further development of extraction systems)
    • Flexible technology configurations in mobile or stationary control cabinets, hand-held and/or automated optics, up to 50 m fiber tube package
    • Negligible influence on base material allows reuse of decontaminated devices/products (hardness, tensile and macro tests successful)
    • Prevention of the spread of impurities (corrosion infiltration tests successful)

Have a look at our information about decommissioning of nuclear power plants with cleanPROTECT.


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Industriedienstleistung Laserreinigung Dekontamination
Laserreinigung versus Sandstrahlen

Variety of applications

1. Production

    • Fission material enrichment and fuel element production (cleaning of machines and protective units)
    • Hot area (claddings)
    • Maintenance of precision tools (pipes, flanges, fittings, valves)
    • Nuclear propulsion (maintenance, e.g. ships)
    • General maintenance (pumps, stators, turbines, heat exchangers, etc.)
    • Inspection of critical components (e.g. weld seam decoating for NDT)
    • General decoating (rust, paints, primers, sprays, preservatives, degreasing, polymeric and resistant coatings)
    • Weld seam pre-treatment in construction
    • General container production (Castor, mosaic, various)


2. Dismantling/Bearing

    • Decoating of PCB- and lead-containing lacquers
    • Decontamination of low- and medium-level radioactive metals for recycling and repositories


3. Deployment in the disaster area

    • Decontamination of low- and medium-level radioactive metals for recycling


4. Research and development

manuelle Laserreinigung Bauteil
Mobiler Laser Einblick


    • Powerful systems such as CL1000 and extremely compact systems such as CL100 lightCASE
    • cleanLASER beamswitch and EMS technology
    • 50 m fibre tube package
    • Protective plate, suction nozzles and quick-change protective glass device
    • cleanCELL-based concepts
    • Remote control
    • Global network with qualified and long-standing partners

Laser decontamination of metal and concrete surfaces has been subject of scientific research at the Chair of Hydrogen and Nuclear Energy Technology at the TU Dresden. The research results demonstrate that lasers can be used just as successfully in the field of nuclear power plant deconstruction and conventional PCB decontamination as in the cleaning of metallic surfaces, e.g. in coating plants.

Another research project is currently running in which a CL 150 is being applied to qualify laser-based decontamination technology in nuclear deconstruction.


Our US partner Adapt Laser has also documented the use of cleanLASER in the area of radiology. Learn more here.

Simply contact us – we will send you our flyer on nuclear decontamination and will be happy to advise you.

Or learn more about non-destructive testing with cleanLASER.


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