Clean, Safe Energy
This work builds upon existing investments in nuclear energy technologies and develops the systems, materials and infrastructures required for: the next generation of nuclear reactors; Canada to be a key partner in the development of closed cycle (non-proliferation) nuclear fuel cycles; the application of hydrogen technologies to energy production and industrial applications; and to ensure that Canadians stay abreast of, and benefit from, developments in fusion energy and small reactor technologies. This program is comprised of the following sub-activities:
- Generation IV Technologies supports and fulfills Canada’s commitment to the Generation IV International Forum, with the goal of developing the design concept for a pressure tube supercritical water-cooled reactor (SCWR).
- Tritium and Fusion Technologies maintains Canada’s credibility, presence and expertise in the management and application of tritium technology, including its application by the international fusion community.
- Hydrogen Technologies utilizes AECL’s expertise in heavy water and hydrogen technology and its patented wet-proofed catalyst technology for applications to electrolysis (electrolytic cells) and fuel cells. It also provides the foundation for the production and application of hydrogen as an energy source.
- Sustainable Energy Technologies focuses on advanced inspection technologies to ensure the safe operation of nuclear energy systems, and on the development of advanced nuclear fuels and fuel cycles for improved resource utilization, performance and proliferation resistance.
- Materials Science and Chemistry develops innovative applications of nuclear materials and chemistry technologies for industrial applications, and supports the development and operation of advanced energy systems through the application of advanced materials and chemistry required to retain structural integrity at high temperatures and over long operation times.
- Small Reactors ensures the sustained operation of Canada’s fleet of university-based small reactors, and advances small reactor technology as an alternative source of power for remote Canadian communities so that it is safer, cleaner and more cost-effective than diesel.