CleanTech Canada: Terrestrial Energy’s Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor Clears First Regulatory Hurdle
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Terrestrial Energy’s next-generation nuclear power technology has taken its first steps toward securing a key regulatory approval that could take it from the drawing board to the commercial market.
The Oakville, Ont.-based company, which has been working on a design for a new type of molten salt reactor since 2013, said last week that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has completed the first phase of its review of the new reactor.
The process, known as a vendor design review, lets the CNSC size up a company’s design before any official licensing steps are taken. It’s designed to give the vendor—Terrestrial Energy in this case—an early warning about any possible issues the Canadian nuclear regulator sees in the blueprints.