Canadian Nuclear Laboratories & Moltex Energy partner
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has entered into a collaboration agreement to support aspects of Moltex Energy’s nuclear fuel development program for its stable salt reactor, a 300 MW small modular reactor design.
Under the proposed project, Moltex, based in Saint John, NB, will join with the University of New Brunswick and CNL to design, build and optimize fuel-testing apparatus at UNB’s Centre for Nuclear Energy Research with parallel complementary activities at the University of Manchester in England, according to a news release.
It will see CNL support Moltex Energy on specialized equipment preparation, installation and commissioning. While the initial testing is conducted using surrogate inactive materials, CNL’s expertise is also supporting the planning, design, costing and safety analysis required to move the apparatus into a shielded facility where testing could be completed using actual fuels and active materials.
Ultimately, the data collected will support the design and licensing of a full-scale facility in New Brunswick being developed jointly by Moltex, the Government of New Brunswick and NB Power.
Moltex and ARC Nuclear Canada are two companies NB Power has selected to explore building small modular reactors in New Brunswick.