Fedoruk Ctr. - continues nuclear research/training

Fedoruk Ctr. - continues nuclear research/training

Postby Oscar » Wed May 22, 2019 2:13 pm


[ https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/ ... re-funding ]

May 22, 2019 Innovation Saskatchewan 19-2554

At the opening of the new Innovation Wing of the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences today, Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor, announced $11.6 million in new funding over the next five years for the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation.

“Research supported by the Fedoruk Centre places Saskatchewan among global leaders in areas of nuclear innovation,” Beaudry-Mellor said. “With investments like these, we will continue to attract world-class researchers to Saskatchewan by providing facilities that allow them to work at the cutting edge of nuclear science and technology in medicine, energy and the environment.”

“We are grateful for financial support from the provincial and federal governments,” Fedoruk Centre Executive Director John Root said. “Their investments in innovation at the Fedoruk Centre, combined with income from other sectors, are helping to strengthen Saskatchewan’s place as a global leader in nuclear research, development and training.”

The new Innovation Wing is key to developing treatments for cancer and other diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. It is also home to the new BioPETx, a real-time imaging detector; the first of its kind in Canada and invented in Saskatchewan. Access to a cyclotron, synchrotron, and phytotron, along with the BioPETx, will advance agricultural knowledge and technologies and strengthen global food security by improving crop yields and resilience to weather.

The Fedoruk Centre operates the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences where students, researchers and industry can conduct research in medicine, veterinary health and agricultural technologies. Its location on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan is ideal for collaboration, benefitting from its proximity to Royal University Hospital, with the medical school and veterinary college, the International Vaccine Centre, and the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron.

The new five-year funding agreement with the province replaces one that expired at the end of March 2019 and brings the total provincial government funding to the Fedoruk Centre to $45.4 million since 2012. -30-

For more information, contact:

Karen Prokopetz
Innovation Saskatchewan
Phone: 306-787-0279
Email: karen.prokopetz@gov.sk.ca
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Re: Fedoruk Ctr. - continues nuclear research/training

Postby Oscar » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:39 pm

Reseachers at Saskatchewan universities to examine technical, regulatory aspects of small nuclear power plants

[ https://www.uregina.ca/external/communi ... 62017.html ]

News Release Release Date: March 16, 2017 11:30 a.m.

Equipping Saskatchewan graduate students with the knowledge required to address complex and inter-related technical, regulatory and legal issues is at the heart of a $1.1 million multidisciplinary project funded by the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. The aim of the project, being conducted by researchers from the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan, is to develop expertise in the engineering, geological, geographical, regulatory and economic factors of building a small modular nuclear reactor in a place that has not previously used nuclear power, using Saskatchewan as its case study.

"Small modular nuclear reactors will inevitably play a role in the clean-energy mix, and it is important to explore and understand their technical licensing processes,” says Esam Hussein, Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Regina and project leader. “This project will build the capacity of Saskatchewan researchers and students to address technical, engineering, and regulatory questions related to introducing this new technology and other novel engineering projects."

“A nuclear power plant project involves a broad cross-section of policy, societal and regulatory issues relevant to the siting and deployment of any large and complex technological project,” says Kevin Schneider, the Fedoruk Centre’s interim executive director. “This project will provide us with a better understanding of issues related to nuclear technology and will help train Saskatchewan experts to know how to deal with those issues, both here in Canada and around the world.”

In December 2015, the Fedoruk Centre sought proposals for a collaborative, multidisciplinary project to investigate the issues related to the siting of a small nuclear power plant in a previously non-nuclear jurisdiction as a case study. The resulting project proposal, led by Hussein, involves 14 researchers from five faculties and departments at the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan.

The work will be done primarily by graduate students –including three PhD student and at least 13 master’s students -- in areas ranging from geology and geography, to engineering, transportation and law. The project complements the public policy and social engagement research related to energy being undertaken by the Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, which is also supported by the Fedoruk Centre.

The study will be performed independent of industry to ensure academic independence. It will be guided by the regulations and standards of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s criteria and procedures developed by other jurisdictions.

Small modular reactors are a new class of nuclear power plant that are actively being developed around the world. The reactors’ smaller physical footprints and power output make them better suited for use on smaller electrical grids in concert with renewables, as well as islands and other remote locations where heat produced by the plants can be used for water desalination and heating, in addition to electricity production. Much like airliners, small modular reactors will be built in factories and shipped to where they will be used, rather than being built on site. Innovative designs also take advantage of passive safety systems that can put the reactor in a standby ‘safe mode’ or shutdown altogether without human intervention or external back-up systems.

According to the World Nuclear Association over 45 countries that do not currently use nuclear energy are considering its adoption as an alternative to burning fossil fuels. These countries, as well as jurisdictions in nuclear nations that have not previously used nuclear power, can benefit from the development of a comprehensive approach to the many factors associated with determining the viability of adopting and siting a nuclear power plant. - 30 -
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Re: Fedoruk Ctr. - continues nuclear research/training

Postby Oscar » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:41 pm

Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation at the University of Saskatchewan

[ https://fedorukcentre.ca/ ]

Placing Saskatchewan and Canada among global leaders in nuclear research, development and training through:

 - Investing in cutting-edge programs and projects

 - Managing research facilities, and

 - Partnering with academia and industry on science and technology
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