News

Patients fighting cancer and disease around the world are counting on Canada, says new report on medical isotopes

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2019 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council (CNIC) has released a new report highlighting the need for strong Canadian leadership to ensure a domestic and international supply of medical isotopes.

Get the full story

New dawn for nuclear if issues are faced, say industry leaders

The nuclear industry's future is bright, but a number of issues - including public acceptance - must first be resolved, according to a panel of industry leaders at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Get the full story

Nuclear Power Is Crucial to Phasing Out Carbon Emissions

By 2050, energy demand of developing countries will exceed total energy demand of OECD countries. Access to abundant clean energy will facilitate rapid economic growth in the developing world, and with it plummeting maternal and infant mortality, billions lifted out of extreme poverty, and 15 years added to the average lifespan of sub-Saharan Africans. Advances in food production will intensify crop yields and improve distribution. And the US and a handful of other world powers will lead the way for continued innovation in clean energy technology and accessibility.

Get the full story

California pushes to make Nuclear renewable energy

Last week, a California state legislator introduced an amendment to the state’s constitution that would classify nuclear energy as “renewable.” If the amendment passes, it would likely result in the continued operation of the state’s last nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon, well past 2025, its current closure date.

Get the full story

In Canada, nuclear power is green

Before Ontario stopped using coal to generate electricity in 2014, the Canadian province's biggest city, Toronto, was enveloped in smog so thick that driving was dangerous more than 50 days a year.

Get the full story

Putting the New in Nuclear: Small Modular Reactors

When you think of nuclear energy, you probably envision a massive reactor and the vase-shaped cooling chimneys associated with such structures. These large-scale reactors produce thousands of megawatts (MW) of energy used to power cities and whole regions.

Get the full story

Small modular reactors are the future of nuclear energy: Duane Bratt for Inside Policy

Nuclear energy produces electricity without emitting greenhouse gases. And, unlike wind or solar, it operates 24/7, not just when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining. Canada’s existing nuclear energy plants, which are currently undergoing life extensions in Ontario and New Brunswick, produce about 15 percent of Canada’s electricity and over 60 percent in Ontario and 30 percent in New Brunswick. Life extension will ensure that this continues for several more decades.

Get the full story

Mini Reactors Are Going Places and Pack a Lot of Power

While the mainstream and nuclear trade press, including this blog, have spent considerable time reporting on the progress of various developers of small modular reactors (SMRS), another group of entrepreneurial efforts are underway to develop mini reactors. These units are easily transported by truck or train and come in sizes of 1-10 MWe.

Get the full story

Nuclear & Renewables, the Ultimate Power Couple? We Think So

The challenge of achieving a carbon-free economy by 2050 is huge, and can sometimes seem overwhelming. We’ve already seen a massive and rapid scaling of proven renewable technologies like wind and solar, but realistically, a carbon free economy is not a mountain renewables can scale alone.

Get the full story

Fission to fusion: capital is flowing to the new frontier in nuclear technology

This year’s MIT Energy Conference was all about "tough" technologies and ideas that will revolutionize the energy space. Academics, businesspeople and policymakers gathered in Boston in April to discuss the status of energy technology development and showcase new ideas.

Get the full story

Nuclear Fusion Could Be A Reality By 2025

In order to keep globally rising temperatures from increasing more than 1.5 degrees Celsius this century, the international community will have to cut carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and down to zero by the middle of the century.

Get the full story

EA issued for small modular nuclear reactor project

The federal government has issued the notice of commencement of an environmental assessment (EA) for a small modular reactor project proposed by Global First Power (GFP) with support from nuclear-technology-innovator Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

Get the full story

Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries – Clean energy for a low carbon economy

The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is the leading and trusted voice of the Canadian nuclear supply chain, actively promoting the production of safe, clean, and reliable nuclear electricity.

Get the full story

We can't switch to zero-carbon energy without nuclear power

Physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili says nuclear power is needed. "We can’t shy away from saying that we still need nuclear for when the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine"

Get the full story

GOLDSTEIN: Nuclear power, natural gas are fuels of the future

The previous Liberal government of Ontario — whatever its failings — can rightly boast it successfully completed one of North America’s largest-ever reductions of industrial greenhouse gas emissions linked to human-induced climate change.

Get the full story

How nuclear power could be a climate change solution

Canada is positioning itself to be a leader in a new age of nuclear power by exploring the use of small modular reactors.

Get the full story

Build more nuclear reactors to reach net zero carbon target – CBI

Business group says nuclear programme will be key for low carbon economy in UK

Get the full story

Nuclear industry calls for teamwork in meeting EU climate targets

Representatives from the nuclear industry have today issued a manifesto outlining what steps need to be taken in order to achieve a decarbonised Europe by 2050. The target can be met, they say, but only if the European Union works in partnership with them.

Get the full story

'The next wave of innovation': Nuclear reactors of the future are small and modular

The pros and cons of small modular reactors and where we could see them generating nuclear power.

Get the full story

Opinion: How I learned to stop worrying and love

To stop the global climate crisis, we need emissions-free energy more than ever – and for all its risks, atomic power seems like a necessary evil.

Get the full story

Nuclear power is the key to fighting climate change. So why don’t we embrace it?

One in three Canadians thinks nuclear power emits as much carbon dioxide as burning oil. Almost three in 10 think it emits more.

Get the full story

Australians urged to adopt nuclear power

The Australian Nuclear Association (ANA) has appealed to Australians to understand that nuclear energy is ready to make a valuable contribution to low emission dispatchable generation for Australia.

Get the full story

Opinion: Combating climate change with small nuclear reactors

It is time to seriously reconsider nuclear power as a means to deal with our climate challenge before it is too late. The British Parliament declares climate change emergency. School children press for political action. The Guardian replaces the term “climate change” with “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown.” These shifts signal an increased urgency to deal with climate change. We are in desperate times that call for bold measures. Surely, we must embrace clean energy — whether solar, wind, geothermal or tidal. However, these sources of energy are not available everywhere, and not all the time. We need reliable and...

Get the full story

Decline in nuclear power threatens global climate goals, IEA says

Report warns 2/3 of capacity could be lost by 2040 as developed nations phase out old nuclear plants

Get the full story

Small nuclear reactors could make Alberta's oilsands cleaner, industry experts suggest

Alberta's oilsands have been labelled as dirty by environmental activists and some politicians, but the sector might be able to clean up that reputation with help from the nuclear power industry.

Get the full story

A sea change in the conversation on nuclear energy

Tired of regressive conversations about which is better, nuclear or renewables, energy leaders say there is no time to play favourites: every viable clean energy source should be improved and enabled for quick efficient deployment to create the clean and reliable system we need.

Get the full story

Saskatchewan giving early consideration for small nuclear reactors

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has found anti-carbon tax allies in Ontario Premier Doug Ford and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs. Moe said they have been discussing another power option too, small modular reactors.

Get the full story

Moe touts talks on small 'safe' nuclear reactors

Premier Scott Moe says he's in the early stages of looking at "innovative" nuclear energy for Saskatchewan, in the form of small modular reactors

Get the full story

Nuclear Power provides the performance we need

We often speak about the incredible energy density of nuclear fuel; a pellet the size of the end of your finger can deliver as much energy as a ton of coal. In addition to producing a large amount of energy from a very small amount of resource, the plants themselves offer another important benefit, their exemplary operating performance. They operate at very high capacity factors (the amount of energy produced / the total energy that would be produced if the unit ran nonstop) meaning they provide us with a reliable 24/7 energy source to support our energy hungry economies.

Get the full story

David Staples: Fear not, new nuclear reactors can solve Canada's climate change crises

There is no reason to have nightmares about climate change. You will not hear this from the alarmist reports on the evening news, let alone from doom-saying activists, but there is a proven, low-carbon source of safe and abundant energy.

Get the full story

Cancer therapy points to future in nuclear medicine

Chemotherapy takes a certain buckshot-like approach to treating cancer, attacking tumorous and healthy cells without discrimination.

Get the full story

First Canadian SMR licence application submitted

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has received the first licence application for a small modular reactor. The application from Global First Power (GFP), with support from Ontario Power Generation and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC), supports a proposal to deploy a Micro Modular Reactor plant at Chalk River in Ontario.

Get the full story

The Climate Needs Nuclear Power

If governors are serious about global warming, they’ll preserve this vital source of clean energy.

Get the full story

New England governors to work together to support nuclear and clean energy facilities

The six New England governors have expressed their commitment to maintain nuclear and clean energy facilities throughout the region.

Get the full story

Action needed to keep US nuclear competitive - Korsnick

US nuclear plants are performing better than ever before - but now is the time to act to ensure the benefits that nuclear energy provides are protected, Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) president and CEO Maria Korsnick said in her 2019 State of the Industry address.

Get the full story

Are these tiny, 'inherently safe' nuclear reactors the path to a carbon-free future?

In the six decades since the Shippingport Atomic Power Station near Pittsburgh began operating as the nation's first commercial nuclear reactor, the industry has built ever larger plants to improve the economies of scale. A typical commercial reactor now produces about 20 times as much electricity as the first Shippingport unit in 1958.

Get the full story

Calling for a compact fusion pilot plant to generate electricity at the lowest possible cost

Can tokamak fusion facilities, the most widely used devices for harvesting on Earth the fusion reactions that power the sun and stars, be developed more quickly to produce safe, clean, and virtually limitless energy for generating electricity? Read the full article here

Get the full story

Nuclear power is carbon-free. Should it play a bigger role in every country's green energy plan?

Why use nuclear power?To prevent catastrophic climate change, scientists say, we have to dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that more extreme droughts, floods, wildfires, and storms will occur if world carbon dioxide emissions do not drop by 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030 and get to zero by 2050. Replacing coal- and oil-burning power plants with renewable sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power is crucial to that goal, but renewables alone won't be enough to meet the world's energy needs, particularly in rapidly developing...

Get the full story

The nuclear necessity

Many Americans, including me, had our views of nuclear power strongly shaped by the 1979 film The China Syndrome. This polemic's alarming message was amplified when the Three Mile Island nuclear accident occurred just days after its release. Read the full article here

Get the full story

A nuclear family of a different sort

I work for a great company, and support a team in a great industry. It’s a controversial one in many ways and that has led to a tight communications community. But its challenges have been upstaged in recent weeks by a national political controversy in Ottawa that has dragged my company’s name through the mud. I don’t want to get into the whys and wherefores of it all, but suffice it to be said that it has been a long and stressful few weeks for this company communicator. Read the full article here

Get the full story

Climate Change Worries Open Minds to Modern Nuclear Technology

On behalf of the Canadian Nuclear Association, Abacus Data developed a different approach to surveying contemporary attitudes towards nuclear energy. Instead of looking principally at nuclear as a source of energy, we created a survey that explored whether people might feel differently about nuclear if the conversation was about how to find energy solutions that reduced carbon emissions. This release details our findings from this study, which was conducted among 2,500 Canadian adults from February 8 to 12, 2019. Read the full article here

Get the full story

Energy assessment bill conflicts with purchase of pipeline, Alberta premier says

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says it makes no sense for Ottawa to have spent $4.5 billion to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline while it pushes legislation she says will deter investors from future energy projects. Read the full article here

Get the full story

The new, safer nuclear reactors that might help stop climate change

From sodium-cooled fission to advanced fusion, a fresh generation of projects hopes to rekindle trust in nuclear energy.

Get the full story

Opponents ignore the many benefits of nuclear power in Pennsylvania

State legislation being prepared by Sen. Ryan Aument and Rep. Tom Mehaffie and co-sponsored by more than 20 other state elected officials will result in cost savings to customers, less carbon emitted into our air and more jobs and economic prosperity throughout the state, particularly in communities like mine that host nuclear power plants. Read the full article here

Get the full story

We already have the perfect energy storage – nuclear fuel

If decarbonizing global energy systems is a priority; it seems obvious that all low carbon options should be considered as part of the solution.  

Get the full story