OTTAWA, June 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA)
today celebrates the 50th anniversary of nuclear power generation in Canada.
On June 4th, 1962, in Rolphton, Ontario, the Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD)
reactor began supplying electricity to the Ontario grid, producing
enough electricity to power 10,000 homes. Today, nuclear power
generation supplies 15 % of Canada's safe, clean, and reliable
electricity, and almost 60% in Ontario alone.
"This historic achievement marks an important milestone in Canada's
leadership in nuclear energy and technology," said Denise Carpenter,
CNA President and CEO. "The NPD was made possible through the combined
expertise and innovation of several companies we know today, such as
AECL, and with the support and direction of the National Research
One of NPD's essential roles was as a prototype for Canada's homegrown
CANDU technology as it was the first heavy-water power reactor in the
world. It used Canadian natural uranium and assumed the horizontal
pressure-tube arrangement, which is characteristic of all CANDU units
to this day. This made NPD the first commercial power reactor to have a
completely replaceable core, and the first to refuel while operating at
full power - both signature CANDU traits.
In the five decades since, Canada's CANDU nuclear fleet has grown to
include 20 reactors with two more planned at Darlington in Ontario to
help the province achieve its clean energy goals - similarly, this was
the goal when nuclear energy was developed 50 years ago to compete with
"Today also marks the kick-off of Canadian Environment Week," added
Carpenter. "This is particularly significant since nuclear energy
provides a clean and reliable source of power that is an important part
of Canada's clean energy portfolio."
The role of nuclear in Canada goes far beyond being a safe, clean,
affordable, available, and reliable source of energy. Nuclear has an
important role to play in medicine, research, food safety,
highly-skilled jobs, and makes crucial contributions to other
industries across the Canadian economy.
The NPD was shut down in 1987 after having exceeded its operational
goals. Our thanks to the women and men who brought us this strong
symbol of Canadian innovation for a powerful, clean energy future.
For more information about nuclear in Canada and around the world,
please visit CNA's Factbook: http://www.cna.ca/NUclearFactbook2011.pdf
SOURCE CANADIAN NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION
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