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Canadian partners to study deployment of Micro Modular Reactor

By District Energy posted 12-15-2022 11:31


Nuclear Engineering International


Canada’s McMaster University, Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC), and Global First Power (GFP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further examine the feasibility of deploying a Micro Modular Reactor (MMR) at McMaster University, or an affiliated site.

The MMR can be factory constructed with a far smaller footprint and expected economies from fleet operation, has enhanced safety features and is suitable for powering remote communities and providing process heat to industry.

Seattle-based USNC has developed the MMR technology for worldwide deployment. GFP is the partnership between USNC and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) that is deploying USNC's MMR technology in Canada. Both USNC and OPG are contributors to Canada's SMR Action Plan.

The MMR is a micro-reactor that operates as a flexible nuclear battery and may fulfil nontraditional roles for nuclear power, including service to remotely sited areas, backup power generation, hydrogen production, desalination, process heating, and supporting military and critical national infrastructure facilities. The energy system consists of two plants.

  • The nuclear plant: This is the nuclear facility which contains the MMR High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor(s) (HTGRs) and includes all the equipment required to transport the heat produced to the adjacent plant.
  • The adjacent plant: A non-nuclear facility which harnesses the heat for client specified applications. These applications could be electrical generation, process heat (for example, steam), hydrogen production, district heating etc.
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