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Ontario firm working with University of Tennessee on nuclear tech

Terrestrial Energy working with University of Tennessee to develop its Integral Molten Salt Reactor technology

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—A Mississauga, Ont.-based company is partnering with the University of Tennessee to develop its nuclear reactor technology.

According to Terrestrial Energy Inc., the “strategic collaboration” with the University of Tennessee will focus on research and development (R&D) for its Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR), a nuclear reactor “that use a fluid fuel in the form of a molten fluoride or chloride salt,” according to the company’s website.

This work is necessary to bring the IMSR technology “to the engineering blueprint stage,” which is expected in late 2016.

The university’s “competencies and relationships will be complementary with the company’s collaboration” with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a United States Department of Energy (DOE) research lab in Oak Ridge, Tenn., near the University of Tennessee’s campus in Knoxville.

“The company does not envisage constructing its own laboratory facilities for all its development, but rather collaborating with well-established facilities that have expertise in areas necessary to advance IMSR development,” Terrestrial Energy said in a statement.

“The company expects to broaden the scope of collaboration with other organizations around the world as it seeks to develop its IMSR80 demonstration plant. While the demonstration IMSR80 is anticipated to be sited in Canada, the company expects that the R&D will be an international undertaking ultimately involving other centres of excellence in nuclear research and innovation.”

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