Organization: Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd

Scientists raise alarm over future of neutron beam research capacity

Canadian researchers whose work relies on access to a neutron beam source have issued an urgent appeal to the federal government for stop-gap funding to offset the looming impact from the March 2018 closure of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor at Chalk River ON. The Canadian Neutron Initiative (CNI) is requesting $24 million over the next three years and $19 million a year between 2021 and 2029 to buy beam time at foreign facilities and to upgrade the small, medium-flux nuclear reactor at McMaster Univ.

CNL seeking input for its proposal to build small nuclear reactors at Chalk River

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has received more than 70 responses to its request for expression of interest in its small modular reactors (SMR) to determine its future course in their development and commercialization. The responses include SMR technology developers, the nuclear supply chain and R&D institutions as well as potential host communities. SMRs comprise a…

Federal spending on S&T declines in FY17-18 with share of intramural spending hitting 34-year low

The share of federal spending on S&T conducted in-house by government departments and agencies declined to its lowest level in 35 years as federal spending intentions for 2017-18 are projected to decline 1.2% to $11.3 billion, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. The drop to 44% of the total is largely attributable to a sharp (6.7%) decline in related scientific activities (RSA) spurred by the absence of StatsCan Census Program survey which was last conducted in 2016 and occurs every five years.

CNL lays out 10-year vision for transformation of Chalk River nuclear facility

The transition of the storied nuclear facility at Chalk River ON to the private sector and its future role in scientific research is becoming clear with the release of a 10-year strategic plan by its new owner Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL). Increasing R&D collaboration with domestic and international partners and a greater commercial focus will become the norm following the shutdown of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor on March 31/18 as CNL seeks to leverage both internal and external S&T capabilities into new or enhanced products and markets.

CNL’s hydrogen labs get $55-million upgrade

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has announced completion of a $55-million upgrade to its Hydrogen Isotopes Technology Laboratory (HITL) to help researchers to improve the safe operation of nuclear reactors and develop clean energy technologies. A subsidiary of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, CNL is awaiting the federal government’s decision on who will take over its…

CNL’s hydrogen labs get $55-million upgrade

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) has announced completion of a $55-million upgrade to its Hydrogen Isotopes Technology Laboratory (HITL) to help researchers to improve the safe operation of nuclear reactors and develop clean energy technologies. A subsidiary of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, CNL is awaiting the federal government’s decision on who will take over its…

Terrestrial Energy to contract with CNL

Terrestrial Energy Inc (TEI) has signed a letter of intent with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) for services including R&D work to bring its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) technology to the engineering blueprint stage. TEI was formed in 2013 to commercialization IMSR technology for small modular reactors designed for use in remote communities and industrial…

AECL signs deal with Lighthouse Corp

Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd has signed an initial agreement with Lighthouse Corp, a McLean VA-based developer of nuclear fuel technologies for current and future reactor systems. Lighthouse will use AECL facilities in Chalk River ON to fabricate and test reactor irradiation of its metallic nuclear fuel samples….

Nordion boosts revenue as AECL reactor back on line

Revenues at Nordion Inc have bounced back with the return to service of the nuclear reactor that supplies the Ottawa-based company with the raw materials for its medical isotopes. Overall revenue jumped 23% to $274 million in 2011, up from $222 million in 2010 — the year the National Universal Reactor was shut down at…

Nuclear scientists urge AECL to accelerate restructuring

The Chalk River Employees Task Force for a National Laboratory (CREATE) is urging all stakeholders involved in the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) to refocus and complete their work as soon as possible or risk a loss of R&D talent to competing jurisdictions. The group is proposing that the Chalk River Laboratories…