November 10, 2017 In the News
Terrestrial Energy Inc. (TEI), a Canadian advanced nuclear reactor company, received notice yesterday from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) that it successfully completed the first phase of the CNSC’s pre-licensing vendor design review for TEI’s new Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) nuclear power plant design.
This design review allows the government to assess the design and determine whether any obvious issues exist that would stop the licensing process and that could be resolved before the licensing process actually started.
April 26, 2017 In the News
But Canada’s own new SMR company, Terrestrial Energy Inc. (TEI), has a new small modular Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) design that is ideal for this future, that is, a nuclear reactor that:
- is cheaper than coal and can last for decades longer
- is a 400 MWt (190 MWe) modular design, one able to be adapted to needs for both on and off-grid heat and power
- is small and modular enough to allow simple construction in under 4 years, and trucking of modules to the site
- operates at normal pressures, removing those safety issues, and at higher temperatures, providing more energy for the same amount of fuel
- it does not require water for cooling and has the type of passive safety systems that make it walk-away safe
- can load-follow rapidly to buffer the intermittency of renewables
- generates less waste that is also more easily managed
Terrestrial Energy’s reactor uses the natural convection of the molten salt to remove the heat to the vessel walls passively where its containment silo simply adsorbs the heat decay and conducts it away – this is passive cooling at its simplest.
April 5, 2017 In the News
[Terrestrial Energy CEO Simon] Irish emphasized that Terrestrial Energy is in business because it has determined that its advanced small modular reactor, the IMSR, is a "better way to generate heat compared to fossil fuel combustion." Their product is not limited to generating electricity; electric power generation is only one of several different markets for the high quality, 700 ℃ heat that can be provided by the system's tertiary salt loop.
February 16, 2017 In the News
Terrestrial Energy, another innovative small modular reactor company, has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of its intentions to license their Integral Molten Salt Reactor, or IMSR.