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X-energy to work with OPG to advance clean energy technology in Canada

The two companies will work together to advance the engineering and design work of the Xe-100 small modular reactor

October 7, 2020  by CM Staff

Xe-100 reactor
PHOTO: X-energy

TORONTO — X-energy will be working with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to further advance the engineering and design work of the Xe-100 small modular reactor (SMR) technology for use in Canada.

“It is a privilege to be working with OPG to advance the engineering work in Canada for our Xe-100 design,” says Clay Sell, X-energy’s CEO in a prepared statement. “OPG has demonstrated incredible leadership in advancing reliable and affordable low-carbon power options.”

Ken Hartwick, OPG President and CEO said, “OPG is leveraging more than 50 years of nuclear experience to support the development of carbon-free nuclear technology.” He also stated, “SMRs will play a key role in helping to re-invigorate Ontario’s economy and further support the province and Canada as they work toward meeting their climate change targets of zero-emission electricity.”

According to a company website, the Xe-100 is an 80MWe (scalable to a 320 MWe four-pack) SMR design that can integrate into large, regional electricity systems as a base and load-following source of low-carbon power. The reactor is also ideal for mid-size communities, project sites and other power applications, including district heating.

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“We believe the Xe-100 can be a catalyst for building a Canadian SMR industry that will provide global leadership in meeting this country, and the world’s, need for clean and abundant, low-carbon energy,” said Sell. “We look forward to working with OPG and our Canadian nuclear partners to achieve this vision.”