Energy & Power
Ottawa unveils road-mapping process for exploring small modular reactors
By Anthony Capkun
February 23, 2018 – NRCan announced a “road-mapping process” under the Energy Innovation Program to explore the potential for on- and off-grid applications for small modular reactor (SMR) technology in Canada.
“The nuclear industry in Canada is a vital source of innovation, job creation and low-carbon energy,” says the federal ministry, adding, “The next generation in nuclear technology will help Canadians build a cleaner, safer world while meeting our energy needs in a low-carbon economy.”
According to NRCan, the road-mapping process will be delivered by the Canadian Nuclear Association; it will engage stakeholders to get their views on priorities and challenges related to the possible development and deployment of SMRs, which includes looking at different SMR tech and how it aligns with user requirements and “Canadian priorities”.
“Qulliq Energy Corp. is pleased to participate in a Canadian effort to establish a roadmap for small modular reactors,” said Bruno Pereira, president of Nunavut’s only generator and distributor of electricity. “Establishing a pathway for the implementation of SMRs is an important national issue with particular significance for remote communities that are interested in exploring alternative energy options.”
Participation in the roadmap will eventually expand to include all essential enabling partners, including manufacturers, research performers, waste management organizations and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
“The roadmap will be an important step in positioning Canada to advance next-generation technologies and become a global leader in the emerging SMR market,” NRCan added.
The roadmap is expected to be completed this Fall.