Platts: Terrestrial’s molten salt reactor advances in Canada pre-application review
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Terrestrial Energy’s 400-MW Integral Molten Salt Reactor has begun the second stage of its pre-licensing vendor design review by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the company said October 16.
Terrestrial CEO Simon Irish touted the safety advantages of the IMSR® design in a speech October 2, saying that molten salt is “capable of a passive mechanism of convection cooling in every possible set of circumstances.” The relative simplicity of the IMSR® design, he said, reduces its “complexity and cost” compared with conventional reactors. Unlike other advanced reactor designs under development that would require so-called high-assay LEU, or HALEU, the IMSR® uses uranium that is “currently available in nuclear supply chains,” he said.