Posts Tagged ‘AECL’

AECL Sale Update: What We Know

Two weeks ago, the Canadian government announced the sale of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, a crown corporation which is responsible for Canadian nuclear research and development and the sale of CANDU reactors. Few details regarding the controversial sale have been released. That being said, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to construct a breakdown of [...]

Why are we selling this off?

Nuclear reactors in mainland China

Earlier this week Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) announced that it had successfully burned a fuel bundle that uses Natural Uranium Equivalent (NUE).  NUE is fuel is made by mixing recovered uranium from spent fuel of light water reactors with depleted uranium from enrichment plant tails. According to AECL President and Chief Executive Officer, [...]

Short-sighted sell outs

Governments the world over have, in the past couple of years, come into some hard times. As is the tradition when these deficit defining periods arise is the suggestion to sell off public institutions to private parties. The idea to sell off public assets is indeed lucrative but selling our historical heirlooms to satisfy a [...]

Thorium anyone?

With the official announcement late last month that the CANDU reactor technology is now on the bidding block, the Harper government has signaled its disgraceful exit form the nuclear power market deciding instead to maintain a public hold over R and D and isotope production. As many economists and political historians welcome the proposed sale, [...]

China loves CANDU

An expert panel appointed by the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) has concluded that CANDU® technology is the ideal nuclear reactor design to further China’s nuclear power program using thorium as an alternative nuclear fuel source. The panel also noted the ability of CANDU pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWR) to reuse uranium recycled from light [...]

What to CANDU?

As the world sits on the precipice of a massive increase in energy consumption, individual nations are looking for ways to produce energy while limiting their carbon output. Although the starry-eyed renewable cheerleaders would have you believe that wind, solar, and geo-thermal will fill the gap, the realists would beg to differ. Indeed it seems [...]

Exporting our nuclear apathy

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent trip to India this week was met with some resounding success, in a diplomatic relationship that has been on the cold side of the bed for about 35 years. “This trip is, in a sense, the culmination but also the jumping-off point,” Mr. Harper told reporters yesterday. A jumping off [...]

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