Reactor designated nuclear historical landmark during its 50th anniversary
CHALK RIVER, ON, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - The international nuclear community
designated Atomic Energy of Canada Limited's (AECL) Zero Energy
Deuterium 2 (ZED-2) research reactor a nuclear historical landmark
today at a technical conference in Ottawa. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the ZED-2 reactor was honoured by the American Nuclear
Society (ANS) for its outstanding contributions to the global nuclear
The award was presented at the Canadian Nuclear Society's (CNS)
Technical Meeting on Low-Power Critical Facilities and Small Reactors,
where industry experts and academics have gathered to showcase nuclear
"We have come from all over the world to mark the historic occasion of
the 50th anniversary of ZED-2, and to articulate the important accomplishments
that ZED-2 and similar facilities have made in scientific research,"
said CNS Executive Administrator Dr. Benjamin Rouben. "This event is a
true international celebration of the progress we've made in Canada
through these nuclear facilities. The ANS award is recognition of this
and Canadians should be proud of it."
The ANS Nuclear Historic Landmark award was presented to AECL by ANS
President Joe F. Colvin. The award identifies and memorializes sites or
facilities where outstanding physical accomplishments took place that
were instrumental in the advancement and implementation of nuclear
technology and in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The designation
will be symbolized by an inscribed bronzed plaque, which will be
displayed at the ZED-2 facility at AECL's Chalk River Laboratories.
"Over the past 50 years, ZED-2 has proven to be a key facility in the
advancement of nuclear science and technology for the benefit of people
around the world. This prestigious ANS award is clear evidence of
this," said Dr. Rick Didsbury, Acting Vice-President and General
Manager of Research and Development at AECL's Chalk River Laboratories.
"This technical conference is an opportunity to celebrate the
achievements of this important research facility, as we gather to
foster global partnerships around nuclear research."
Built in the late 1950's, the ZED-2 Critical Facility achieved first
criticality on September 7, 1960 and turned 50 years old earlier this
year. ZED-2 is the successor to ZEEP - the first nuclear reactor
outside the United States - and was initially built to test the fuel
arrangements of Canada's first power plant. Since that time, ZED-2 has
supported the development of the CANDU industry by testing a wide range
of fuel bundle designs and fuel arrangements at low power (usually
between 5 to 100 watts) under a variety of operating conditions and
simulated accident scenarios.
ZED-2 continues to operate today, actively supporting innovative
improvements to the current fleet of CANDU reactors and to the
development of next-generation reactor concepts, including advanced
fuel cycles and thorium fuels. ZED-2 is also used to calibrate neutron
detectors for use in power reactors.
For more information on the Technical Conference on Low-Power Critical
Facilities and Small Reactors, please visit www.cns-snc.ca.
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited is a full service nuclear technology
company providing services to nuclear utilities around the world.
Established in 1952, AECL is the designer and builder of CANDU
technology including the CANDU 6, one of the world's top-performing
reactors. AECL's 5000 employees deliver cutting edge nuclear services,
R&D support, design, and engineering, construction management,
specialized technology, refurbishment, waste management and
decommissioning in support of CANDU reactor products (www.aecl.ca).
SOURCE Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
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