Small Modular Reactors

Bruce Power is meeting the challenges of climate change and global energy demand through progressive technology.

While our CANDU reactors continue to produce affordable, clean electricity, the development of small modular reactors (SMRs) is among the innovative initiatives in our vision for the future.

What are small modular reactors (SMRs)?

  • Small – they produce one to 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity, as opposed to 700-900 MW produced by traditional reactors.
  • Modular – they can be built in factories either entirely or in modules and transported to a location, rather than constructed on site.
  • Reactors – as they rely on a nuclear fission reaction to create heat and electricity.

Why is this important to Canada?

SMRs have an important role to play in the fight against climate change. They can also help Canada reach its 2030 emissions reduction target, and combined with intermittent renewables like wind and solar, help Canada meet its net-zero by 2050 commitment.

Ultimately, the deployment of a fleet of SMRs can dramatically reduce the emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, deliver low-emissions energy to remote locations that lack access to an electricity grid, and have the potential to service resource extraction industries.

Canada’s innovative nuclear industry is poised to be a leader in the world’s supply of small modular reactors. In December 2019, the Premiers of Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to advance the development of SMRs.

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