One of the major concerns with nuclear power is how to store the radioactive waste. This has to be stored for up to 100 000 years, usually in copper capsules, until the radiation has decreased to acceptable levels. During this time it is extremely important that the capsules do not leak harmful radioactive waste. One of the things that may affect the capsules is naturally occurring bacteria, that may produce compounds which attack the copper.
Microbial Analytics Sweden AB (MICANS), founded 2005, specializes in analysing microorganisms and gases and modelling biological processes for companies such as SKB, The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company. Micans works with groundwater and underground constructions to a depth of 1500 m. One of the methods they use is biomass measurement using ATP technology and kits from BioThema.