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Canada SMR race expands to six entrants

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U-Battery is latest of six confirmed proposals for an operational small modular reactor by 2026.

The race is on to gain approval for the first small modular reactor at a Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) site, with six formal applications now submitted for operational capability by 2026.

U-Battery – a concept developed by the University of Manchester in the UK and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands – is the latest hopeful that has announced it has submitted its prequalification package.

Two other parties presently engaged in the process have not yet publicly announced their participation, Philip Kompass, Corporate Communication, CNL told Nuclear Energy Insider.

U-Battery is a collaboration that began in 2008 in an effort to design a nuclear energy unit that would work like a battery. The modular design would be powered by TRISO fuel, which prevents the release of radioactive material, minimizing the need for back-up safety systems and reducing exclusion zones.

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Nuclear Energy Insider – June 5, 2019

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