Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada made another large investment into small modular reactor technology in March, but researchers and advocacy organizations question the technology’s safety and usefulness.
Topic: nuclear energy
A Vancouver-area company with backing from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos plans to start building a nuclear-fusion test plant in England next year as part of a collaboration agreement with the U.K. government.
It is time for Canada to abandon a 100-year-old energy model built on inexpensive hydrocarbons and plan for an energy system that will be dominated by electricity, Michal C. Moore, research fellow at Cornell University and professor emeritus at the University of Calgary, says in an op-ed piece.
Government investment and policy in clean electricity must include nuclear power to achieve Canada’s economic and climate goals, John Gorman, president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association, says in an editorial. His recommendations include: a pan-Canadian electrification strategy; continued government support for the nuclear sector; regulatory support for Canada’s uranium industry; and official government categorization of nuclear as a clean technology.
Canadian materials researchers who depend on neutron beams are reviving stalled efforts to establish a university-led governance structure to confront a yawning neutron gap and stem the accelerating brain drain.
The head of the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) is calling on Canada – and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau specifically – to step up as global champions for nuclear technology, notably its civilian applications in medicine and as a low-carbon energy source. President and CEO Dr John Barrett made the comment in response to the release of a House of Commons committee report urging the government to “reaffirm its long-standing support for Canadian nuclear energy and research”.