Terrestrial Energy Inc. (TEI), a Canadian advanced nuclear reactor company, is on its way to making their innovative design a reality. Last year, they successfully completed the first phase of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) pre-licensing vendor design review for TEI’s new Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) design. The Canadian government assessed the design to determine whether any obvious issues exist that would stop the licensing process and that should be resolved before the licensing process actually starts. Success at that stage showed that Terrestrial Energy is serious and has done their homework on what the regulator needs to approve their reactor design. Terrestrial Energy’s goal is deployment in the next ten years. The key advantage of this GenIV reactor design is that it uses molten salt to carry the fuel as well as cool the system. At first glance, that might seem odd. But molten salt, with the uranium dissolved in it, can operate at low-pressure and doesn’t need chemical or mechanical driving forces which can cause problems.
Forbes 14th Feb 2019 read more »