CHALK RIVER, ONT. — Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) and General Fusion have announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to pursue a series of joint projects to accelerate the deployment of commercial fusion power in Canada.
The MOU will act as a framework for both companies to partner to advance fusion energy research and commercialization, stated a release.
Under the terms of the agreement, CNL and General Fusion will collaborate on projects in key areas, including feasibility studies, regulatory framework, power plant siting and deployment, infrastructure design and testing and operations support. The aim is to develop fusion energy research capabilities within CNL, to support the goal of constructing a potential General Fusion commercial power plant in Canada before 2030.
General Fusion’s Magnetized Target Fusion technology is fuelled by two hydrogen isotopes, deuterium and tritium, the latter of which can be produced as part of the fusion process.
The partners previously worked together as part of CNL’s Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative, using CNL’s Tritium Facility, which is capable of handling materials required to conduct full-scale tests of tritium extraction technology. The work involved the development of technologies to extract tritium for use in future fusion power plants.
“CNL is thrilled to build on our commercial relationship with General Fusion, a pioneering company that is advancing a new form of clean energy technology,” commented Joe McBrearty, CNL’s president and CEO, in a statement. “As Canada’s national nuclear laboratory, it is our priority to spur innovation and economic development by working alongside companies who are advancing ambitious new technologies that are in the national interest.”