Tomorrow’s trucks, trains, ships, and airplanes could be powered with clean hydrogen technology that exists today—and discoveries made by Canadian physicists could help make this sustainable technology even safer and more efficient.
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) has recommended the Government of Canada to “implement the Canadian Neutron Initiative, upgrade and fully utilize the McMaster nuclear reactor, and facilitate international nuclear research partnerships,” in its December 8, 2017 report, Driving Inclusive Growth: Spurring Productivity And Competitiveness In Canada. The report is the culmination of the Committee’s consultations for the 2018 budget.
The recommendation to implement the CNI is part of a series to address the Committee’s recognition of “the importance of research, development and commercialization in contributing to the productivity and competitiveness of Canada’s businesses.” The recommendation follows the testimony of the Canadian Neutron Initiative Working Group, which “called for a commitment to fund a 10-year university-led framework, the Canadian Neutron Initiative, for research in materials and innovation enabled by neutron beams,” and of McMaster University, which “asked for the government to consider long-term solutions to neutron access in Canada.”
The testimonies concerning the CNI as presented to FINA are available from the CNI resource page.
Memorial University physicists are using neutron beams to shed light on the molecular behaviours that are fundamental to the inner workings of living cells.
Continue reading Neutron beams provide insights into bio-molecular diffusion
Canadian scientists talk opportunities for cooperation with the European Spallation Source.
“We put together a delegation of scientists that represent a wide range of priority science research areas for Canada, including energy, health, advanced manufacturing, and quantum materials,” says Harroun. “We also shared with ESS our initiative to establish a new national program for materials research using neutron beams ahead of the imminent closure of the NRU [National Research Universal] reactor in Chalk River, Ontario.”
The meetings at ESS have brought some clarity to this initiative, according to John Root, Director of the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre and Executive Director of the Sylvia Fedoruk Centre for Nuclear Innovation:
“Before coming to Lund, we knew only about our urgent need to establish a new framework for stewardship of Canada’s program for materials research with neutron beams. In Lund, we met a community who opened several doors for us to refine our own vision for this stewardship. We can imagine participating in this visionary international endeavour, both now, in building it, and in the future, through access to the world-class facility. Participation in ESS could present Canadians with unique opportunities for impact at the leading edge of science and technology in coming decades, and would reap many benefits for society in health, clean energy, security and our environment.”
“You can find a lot of things on Kijiji, but a neutron beam from a nuclear reactor isn’t one of them. That’s why a team of Canadian scientists, headed up by Brock University Associate Professor of Physics Thad Harroun, is travelling to Sweden next week Continue reading Brock University physicist on hunt for neutron beams
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is a leader in sciences that are foundational to reactor safety—including the ability to predict the lifetimes of critical components used in nuclear power stations around the world, especially those in CANDU reactors.
The 2017 CINS Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at the University of Toronto, from Friday evening Dec 8 through Saturday Dec 9.
More information will be added as soon as it is available on the AGM page.
Government of Canada response to the House of Commons Natural Resources Committee report on the nuclear sector. Oct 5, 2017. This report outlines a set of options it will examine that is very similar to the CNI’s proposal Continue reading Consultations with CNI referred to in government report
These presentations were part of the Finance Committee’s 2018 pre-budget consultations: Continue reading CNI testifies at the House of Commons Finance Committee
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