(back left) Glenn Thibeault, Ontario’s Minister of Energy and MPP for Sudbury; and Dr. Pierre Zundel, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor at Laurentian University. Front left: Dr. Rui Wang, Vice-President Research Laurentian University; James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Environment; and Vic Pakalnis, President and CEO MIRARCO Mining Innovation. (photo submitted by Bruce Power)

Bruce Power Joins Northern Ontario Research Group

Bruce Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MIRARCO Mining Innovation and Laurentian University in Sudbury.

The five-year, $1 million agreement will enhance research opportunities, including the long-term potential for Small Modular Reactors to generate clean, low-cost and reliable electricity in rural and remote regions, mainly in Northern Ontario.

These low-cost nuclear technologies could play a role in safely powering the most remote northern communities that don’t have adequate electrical grid infrastructure.

“Some of the most remote northern communities are serviced by diesel generators and other unsustainable methods that could be replaced by Small Modular Reactors, or other low-carbon energy sources,” says Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s president and CEO. “Bruce Power wants to be at the forefront of nuclear power’s future, and, by joining forces with the sustainable energy research community, we can help to guide and focus their efforts as SMRs become a viable option for these communities.”

The research agreement will create an Industrial Chair position at MIRARCO Mining Innovation, which will further highlight opportunities in sustainable and clean energy solutions in Ontario’s north, bringing an enhanced perspective to the university’s current research.

Rencheck added this collaboration is a continuation of the work Bruce Power has already been doing in the area when it committed $5-million in 2016 to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to conduct health research, specifically in relation to radiation and the environment.