COG plays a vital role in collaboration amongst the CANDU utility members. CANDU technology has an important role in clean energy systems and will continue to provide clean energy that supports a robust economy, without carbon emissions, for future generations.
Some COG members, including all of Canada's utility members, see an additional opportunity to develop and deploy small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced nuclear technologies as part of a clean energy mix.
COG’s fully-formed collaboration model and infrastructure – from its governance to its highly-skilled professional staff – offers an ideal mechanism to collaborate on development of new SMR technologies, approaches and common input into regulatory frameworks.
As the nuclear industry looks to the future, COG members, participants and partners are using COG for the same resource pooling, information and knowledge sharing to explore, develop and deploy SMRs while building a vibrant SMR industry as they have done to collaborate on CANDU excellence for almost four decades.
COG members, and the nuclear industry as a whole, are pursuing the future prospect of advanced technologies and small modular reactor (SMR) deployment in Canada and worldwide.
In response to this, COG established a set of SMR activities consisting of:
- The SMR Technology Forum (SMRTF) and related SMR Task Teams;
- The COG SMR Vendor Participant Program (SMR VPP); and
- The CEO SMR Forum.
These groups were established to drive a collaborative effort to accelerate the development and implementation of SMRs – for both flexible on-grid application and to provide energy self-sufficiency in remote areas. An integrated and collaborative approach brings advantages by de-risking plans for all partners.
Other SMR program activities include participation in SMR workshops, joint projects, international harmonization initiatives and COG peer group engagement.
To learn more about the COG SMR Vendor Participant Program, click here.
Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta and Saskatchewan are four Canadian provinces that have expressed an interest in SMR development for on-grid and remote community use. Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington site (top) has been identified as a location for an SMR as early as 2028. New Brunswick Power is part of a research program looking at the potential in SMRs for the province, which could benefit its small communities and urban areas like Saint John, (lower photo).
Mining and remote-site projects like this one (above) can benefit from self-sufficient and low-carbon energy from micro and small modular reactors.
COG’s SMR Program helps COG members and participants collaborate in the following areas:
- Review of the Canadian regulatory framework;
- Development of white papers (security, liability, etc.);
- SMR market analysis;
- Support to SMR strategies; and
- Considerations with respect to fuel supply, used fuel and nuclear waste.
The COG SMR program and leadership staff are knowledgeable with a pulse on what is happening in the industry. They provide a valuable resource and bring an important contribution to the industry as it builds an SMR fleet to be deployed in the years to come.
COG's efforts are aligned to the Government of Canada and the Canadian nuclear industry's shared vision to leverage SMR technologies to provide non-emitting energy for a wide range of applications, from grid-scale electricity generation to use in heavy industry and remote communities.
COG works with the Canadian Nuclear Association on the Canadian Nuclear Industry SMR Secretariat to track progress against the pan-Canadian SMR Roadmap.
COG plays a key role within the Secretariat, which engages with partners to SMR development, and tracks and documents progress on the SMR Roadmap recommendations.
The NRCan Minister Seamus O’Regan announced in February 2020, that the Government of Canada, together with partners across the country, will launch Canada’s SMR Action Plan by the end of 2020.
The Action Plan will be a report outlining the progress and on-going efforts across Canada to turn the SMR Roadmap into reality. COG will have a chapter in the Action Plan outlining its role and commitment to achieve Canada's vision for the use of SMRs to meet the country's greenhouse gas emission reductions, deliver jobs and move toward a low-carbon future.
Click here to see COG's video and chapter in Canada's SMR Action Plan.