'The next wave of innovation': Nuclear reactors of the future are small and modular
The pros and cons of small modular reactors and where we could see them generating nuclear power.
The devastating impacts of climate change caused by burning fossil fuels are forcing countries around the world to look for zero-emissions alternatives for generating electricity.
One such alternative is nuclear energy, and the International Energy Agency - a group focused on energy security, development and environmental sustainability for 30-member countries - says the transition to a cleaner energy system will be drastically harder without it.
Canada's federal government appears to be on board, saying nuclear innovation plays a "critical role" in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as Canada moves toward a low-carbon future.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has analyzed, through its Independent Environmental Monitoring Program (IEMP), sampling results from the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station, located at Lepreau, NB
The results are now available and they confirm that the public and the environment around these sites are safe and that there are no expected health impacts.
The IEMP was implemented to verify that the public and the environment around licensed nuclear facilities are safe. It is separate from, but complementary to, the CNSC’s ongoing compliance verification program. The IEMP involves taking samples from public areas around the facilities, and measuring and analyzing the amount of radiological (nuclear) and hazardous substances in those samples. CNSC staff collect the samples and send them to the CNSC’s state-of-the-art laboratory for testing and analysis.
For more information on the results from the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station:
Nuclear Regulation in Canada
Outlines the CNSC licensing process, the Commission process and nuclear safety in Canada.
Nuclear Engineering International publishes an article about the refurbishment of CANDU reactors
The refurbishment of Canadian-designed CANDU reactors and success through exchanging information, benchmarking, sharing lessons learned.
This article includes the views of key players in the refurbishment project at New Brunswick Power (Point Lepreau Generating Station).
Nuclear Energy in a Low-Carbon Future
Michael Binder, President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission presents to the Canadian Nuclear Association on February 26, 2016. The President spoke about the CNSC’s strong regulatory framework.
Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station
Visit NB Power’s website for information on Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station.
Learn more about the Convention on Nuclear Safety:
Read the Declaration from the G7 Leaders’ Summit:
How exactly does the CNSC regulate Canada’s nuclear sector?
Watch this short video to see the whole picture:
Here are some resources to help in the understanding of nuclear energy:
- Keeping Canada and Canadians Safe
- Dispelling Misconceptions About Nuclear Energy
- Starting The Conversation On Nuclear
- Education And Outreach: Vital To Creating Objective Conversations Around Nuclear
Nuclear energy has been part of New Brunswick’s energy story for over 25 years and will play an even larger role in the future. With a major reactor refurbishment now underway and plans to build additional reactor capacity maturing rapidly, Atlantic Canada’s nuclear research and production community is poised for even more growth and diversification.
New Brunswick is the only province in Atlantic Canada licensed to operate a nuclear power facility. The Point Lepreau Generating Station, the only nuclear generating station in the region, is a vital part of the local energy mix. Located near Saint John, the station has been a significant source of power generation for the province of New Brunswick, producing 680MW of greenhouse gas-neutral energy, which accounts for up to 30% of the province’s energy needs.
The 700 people employed at Point Lepreau provide the region with nearly $70 million in income and establish a solid base for the region’s nuclear research and production community.
Point Lepreau uses the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s (AECL) CANDU-6 pressurized heavy water technology. AECL, a world leader in nuclear technology, has built its CANDU-6 reactors around the world, including Korea, Argentina, Romania, and China. Point Lepreau was the first CANDU-6 reactor completed, beginning operation in February 1983.
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) President Michael Binder penned an article, “Keeping Canada And Canadians Safe”. The article explores the steps the CNSC takes to ensure that Canada’s nuclear industry remains a safe one. A number of other articles are also available:
- nuclear medicine’s help in advancing diagnosis and treatment of disease
- misconceptions about nuclear energy
- the significance of nuclear technology
- the importance of education and outreach to creating objective communication around nuclear
Read the articles: