WATCH: Dr. Edwards on Slowpoke Reactor - Feb.2020

WATCH: Dr. Edwards on Slowpoke Reactor - Feb.2020

Postby Oscar » Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:03 am

WATCH: Dr Gordon Edwards on the Slowpoke District Heating Nuclear Reactor

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February 26, 2020

In 1989, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) offered to give the University of Saskatchewan - free of charge - a nuclear reactor that would provide hot water, for use as a district heating unit. Gordon Edwards, PhD, President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, was asked to speak about this at the Place Riel Theatre in Saskatoon on Oct 2 1989. Earlier, the same gift had been offered to the Hospital complex at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec. The Board of Directors of the University Hospital initially voted unanimously to accept the offer, but one year later the same Board voted unanimously to reject the offer. In the meantime, numerous disadvantages were revealed - nuclear waste production, routine radioactive emissions, decommissioning of the radioactive structures, safety concerns, and other matters. The talk is followed by a Q&A session

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District heating with SLOWPOKE energy systems - Lynch, G.F.

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Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Chalk River, ON (Canada). Chalk River Nuclear Labs

According to Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), a corporation wholly owned by the Government of Canada, "The SLOWPOKE Energy System [is] a benign nuclear heat source designed to supply 10 thermal megawatts in the form of hot water for local heating systems in buildings and institutions.... A demonstration unit has been constructed in Canada [at AECL’s Whiteshell Nuclear Research Establishment located at Pinawa, Manitoba] and is currently undergoing an extensive test program. Because the nuclear heat source is small, operates at atmospheric pressure, and produces hot water below 100 degrees Celsius intrinsic safety features will permit minimum operator attention and allow the heat source to be located close to the load and hence to people. In this way, a SLOWPOKE Energy System can be considered much like the oil- or coal-fired furnace it is designed to replace. The low capital investment requirements, coupled with a high degree of localization, even for the first unit, are seen as attractive features for the implementation of SLOWPOKE Energy Systems in many countries.”

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