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OPG teams up with Moltex to recycle used fuel from reactors

OPG teams up with Moltex to recycle used fuel from reactors

TORONTO — Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability (CCNS) will provide $1 million in funding to assist Moltex in demonstrating the technical viability of a new process to recycle used fuel from CANDU reactors.

When removed from an operating reactor, used CANDU fuel still contains energy, states a release, adding Moltex’s process would extract the remaining energy source and prepare it for use as new fuel in other advanced reactor designs, potentially reducing the volume of the material requiring long-term storage in a Deep Geological Repository.

The project would contribute to the development of Moltex’ Waste To Stable Salt (WATSS) technology, which could lead to a more sustainable form of nuclear power, adds the release.

Through the Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is supporting the design, construction and optimization of the testing apparatus. The University of New Brunswick is also involved in the project in a research and testing capacity.

“Our goal is to advance solutions for nuclear materials, with a continued emphasis on minimizing our environmental footprint,” said Carla Carmichael, vice-president of the nuclear decommissioning strategy and lead for OPG’s Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability, in a statement. “We know nuclear power has a key role to play as we work to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. We are committed to supporting innovation and responsible solutions aimed at developing the next generation of clean nuclear power.”

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