Terrestrial Energy IMSR Shows Value of Versatility

By Simon Irish

We focus a lot of attention on electrification and decarbonizing the electric grid, but it is only one piece of the decarbonization challenge.

Terrestrial Energy Completes Safeguards Work at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Oakville, Ontario, Canada – August 31, 2022 –Terrestrial Energy has completed an evaluation of its Integral Molten Salt Reactor’s (IMSR®) nuclear material safeguards in collaboration with the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) with support from CNL’s Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI).

“Safeguards” is an international regulatory framework administered in Canada by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and is verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) under international treaty arrangements.

IMSR® Core-unit – outer view

This illustration is an outer view of the IMSR® Core-unit. Their connections to the rest of the power system are at the top, allowing for easy replacement every seven years.

IMSR® Core-unit in silo – exterior view

Before and after use, IMSR® Core-units are stored in a protective silo like this. Using these, an IMSR® plant can keep several Core-units on hand for added energy security.

IMSR® Core-unit – section view

This cutaway view show the interior of the IMSR® Core-unit. This elegant design enables Core-units to be factory made, easily transportable, and swappable inside the plant.

IMSR® Core-unit in silo – section view

A cutaway view shows the complete IMSR® Core-unit with integrated heat exchangers in a storage silo.

Full IMSR® plant – section view

This cutaway view illustration shows how an IMSR® Core-unit sits low and central in the reactor building, with replacement Core-units stored nearby.

IMSR® cogeneration plant supplying an industrial facility – aerial view

Aerial view illustration of an IMSR® cogeneration plant supplying an industrial facility.

IMSR® cogeneration plant – front view

Front view illustration of an IMSR® cogeneration plant.

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Terrestrial Energy is an industry-leading technology company committed to delivering reliable, emission-free, and cost-competitive nuclear energy with a truly innovative advanced reactor design, the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR®).