Power Technology: The Canadian start-ups pushing for a nuclear revival
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An advantage of the start-up model as opposed to academic research is the focus on commercialisation of reactors. Terrestrial Energy defines itself by this measure and recently submitted its fission-based Integrated Molten Salt Reactor design to the CNSC for phase one of its pre-licensing review. “By making this submission, Terrestrial Energy has the distinction of being possibly the first to begin regulatory engagement with a western nuclear regulatory authority for a molten salt reactor system,” Irish says. This is an early step in Terrestrial Energy’s plan to be providing power to the grid in the 2020s.