Nuclear power proposed for remote mines

Bruce Power announces $1 million for MIRARCO research chair

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is investing in new equipment and facilities to support the needs of SMR developers. One program, for example, is designed to measure the properties of molten salts – a potential fuel for future SMR designs.

Bruce Power, operator of Ontario’s Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, has agreed to fund an Industrial Research Chair at MIRARCO Mining Innovation in Sudbury to study the long-term potential for small modular reactors (SMRs) for the generation of “clean, low cost and reliable electricity for rural and remote regions,” including mining operations in northern Canada.

The five-year, $1 million research agreement complements MIRARCO’s applied research on energy, renewables and carbon management for the mining industry.

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