CNL collaborate with Moltex Energy on SMR fuel research
05 May 2020
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announced that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Moltex Energy. Funded through CNL’s Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI), the agreement includes work to support aspects of Moltex Energy’s nuclear fuel development program for its Stable Salt Reactor, a 300 MW small modular reactor (SMR) design.
Under the proposed CNRI project, Moltex Energy, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and CNL will design, build and optimize a fuel testing apparatus at UNB’s Centre for Nuclear Energy Research with parallel complementary activities at the University of Manchester. More specifically, the CNRI project will see CNL supporting 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, or “hot cell”, where the 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 Energy, the Government of New Brunswick, and NB Power.