The Canadian-German nuclear technology company Dual Fluid will collaborate in future with TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre and one of the world’s leading research centers for subatomic physics. To this end, both parties have recently signed a memorandum of understanding.
The collaboration between Dual Fluid and TRIUMF is intended to advance the development of a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) based on Dual Fluid technology. The goal of the new reactor concept is to use processed nuclear waste as fuel, and to exponentially increase the performance of today’s nuclear power production technologies.
As part of the MOU, the two partners will focus on materials research to address several challenges inherent to nuclear power, including the identification of materials that can withstand the high demands in the reactor core, which operates at temperatures of 1000 ° C and produces highly radioactive and corrosive conditions. This research will leverage TRIUMF’s world-leading materials irradiation facilities (the Proton and Neutron Irradiation Facilities, PIF & NIF) and metallurgical testing capabilities. Collaboration is also planned on detector development and reactor core imaging.
Ahmed Hussein, Chief Research Officer of Dual Fluid, said “The collaboration with TRIUMF is a major milestone for us, as the planned material testing is crucial for further development. Given TRIUMF’s expertise, we cannot imagine a better partner.”
“TRIUMF is very pleased to be engaging with Dual Fluid on this exciting project,” said Kathryn Hayashi, CEO of TRIUMF Innovations, TRIUMF’s commercialization arm. “The world is looking increasingly to nuclear power as a major opportunity for energy generation, and TRIUMF is uniquely poised to advance these technologies through materials characterization at our leading-edge facilities and with support from our wide-reaching international network of subatomic physics research expertise. Our agreement with Dual Fluid also spotlights the strategic advantages that TRIUMF can enable for scientific collaborations between Canada and countries around the world.”
About Dual Fluid
Dual Fluid is creating an entirely new type of nuclear reactor that provides emission-free electricity and hydrogen, reduces today’s energy costs, and is inherently safe.
Dual Fluid differs from other new nuclear concepts by its high efficiency: the nuclear fuel is utilized up to a hundred times better than in today’s light water reactors. The operating temperature of 1000° C enables new heat applications.
The Dual Fluid operating principle, based on different fluids for fuel and cooling, is described in scientific publications and protected by patents. Dual Fluid Energy Inc. was incorporated as a public company in Vancouver, Canada, in January 2021 to bring the Dual Fluid technology to serial production status. The prototype of a Dual Fluid reactor is to be launched within this decade.
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