Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Technology in Canada

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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) launched an effort to solicit input regarding Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology in Canada.

By Bronwyn Hyland
Friday, June 2, 2017

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) launched an effort to solicit input regarding Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology in Canada.

Today, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) launched an effort to solicit input regarding Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology in Canada, and more specifically, the role that Canadian Nuclear Laboratories can play in bringing this technology to market. As a respected member of the nuclear community, CNL is asking for your input and participation in this important initiative.

This process is a critical one for our organization as we work to position ourselves as a hub for SMR technology within Canada. This Request for Expressions of Interest aims to build an understanding of the capabilities of technology developers and other stakeholders, in both what they would bring to a partnership with CNL, and what is needed for successful commercial deployment. This effort will also help CNL evaluate market interest in the technology; inform the development of CNL’s science & technology capabilities; and, identify the challenges and opportunities faced in bringing an SMR to successful deployment.

There are several advantages to participating:

  • As a technology developer, you are able to ensure that input regarding your design and research needs are being captured by CNL and inform discussions that we will have with key stakeholders going forward. You are also able to shape the generic site selection and licensing activities we will initiate in 2017.
     
  • As an end user, you can provide us an understanding of your energy needs, and potential applications for this clean, reliable source of power. Your input is also valuable in identifying areas of public concern or opportunities for better communication and education regarding SMR technology.
     
  • As a member of the nuclear supply chain or academic and research community, you are able to suggest opportunities where we can work together collaboratively with technology developers, academia, government and other stakeholders. In addition, you are able to provide your thoughts on areas where you feel you can best support a vendor on the path to deployment.

We intend to begin the generic site selection and licensing activities for the first demonstration or prototype reactor later this year. At this preliminary stage, these activities will be technology neutral, and inclusive of all potential technologies, but we need to hear from as broad a cross section of stakeholders as possible to ensure that your needs, your concerns, your input is being considered.

The Request for Expressions of Interest is open from June 1 to July 31; visit http://www.cnl.ca/SMR to learn more or to provide your response. We hope to hear from you.

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