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Next Generation Nuclear Centre sets first goals

Updated: Mar 15, 2021

Hydrogen, new nuclear projects key to reaching net-zero emissions

The newly formed Bruce Power Centre for Next Generation Nuclear has agreed on its first set of projects as it works towards Canada’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Centre’s first research projects will tackle issues such as hydrogen’s role as a unifying force in national energy policy, and the potential uses of new nuclear technologies—such as small modular reactors and fusion energy—now under development. The Centre will also explore opportunities to optimize and leverage the existing assets at the Bruce Power site to maximize the impact they can have on Canada’s clean energy future.

The Centre will soon release its first research report on Ontario’s opportunity to become a leader in producing and using hydrogen power.

“The real value of the Bruce Power Centre for Next Generation Nuclear lies in bringing together industry-shaping expertise from companies and organizations who have a stake in building a net-zero Canada,” said Heather Kleb, Director, Chair of the Centre’s Steering Committee.

The Centre, established this fall at the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII), brings together partners with expertise in clean energy. That includes representatives from NII's Founding Members: Bruce Power, BWXT Canada Ltd., Cameco Corporation, E.S. Fox Ltd., Kinectrics Inc., and Bruce County.

These Steering Committee members are complemented by industry experts from relevant areas of specialization. They include:

  • Westinghouse Electric Canada—currently pursuing applications of its micro reactor program to provide reliable sources of carbon-free energy to remote locations;

  • Greenfield Global—Canada’s leading ethanol producer and a leader in clean energy;

  • Representatives from leading-edge organizations like General Fusion, Des Nedhe Development, Terrestrial Energy, and the Mining Innovation Rehabilitation & Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO) based at Laurentian University.

“Collaboration between companies, researchers and government is key to developing the new energy opportunities and markets that can help Canada reach its net-zero emissions goals,” said Bruce Wallace, NII President and CEO. “We are excited to begin showcasing some of the Centre’s game-changing work in these critical focus areas in the coming weeks.”

NII encourages the public to follow along on social media so they don’t miss project announcements coming later this month. Follow NII on Twitter (@OntarioNII), on LinkedIn (Nuclear Innovation Institute) and on Facebook (@OntarioNII).


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