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Feds announce $27 million energy technology investment in Burlington

By District Energy posted 03-24-2022 06:35


The Star


The federal government is investing big in what some believe could be a game changer.

François-Philippe Champagne, the minister of innovation, science and industry, was at Westinghouse Electric Canada Inc.’s Burlington facility on March 17 to announce a $27.2-million investment in the development of small modular reactor (SMR) technology.

Specifically, the funding will support the eVinci micro-reactor, which supporters say has the potential to provide a more accessible and transportable source of low-carbon energy.

“The eVinci is basically a nuclear reactor that you put in a container. So, if you think about transportability, if you think about it in a way, plug and play that it's easy to use and it's safe to use and it's reliable and responsible, that looks like the technology of the future,” said Champagne.

David Durham, president of energy systems at Westinghouse, said there is enormous potential in this technology.

“It's not just extremely safe in its design and operation, but that also pretends the ability to have what could be one of the most reliable energy development systems that has been developed to date. So, what could we potentially do with this? Certainly, decarbonizing remote and industrial sites, but the potential applications for heating and combined heat and power, we really see this could revolutionize industry,” said Durham.

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