Innovation - Canadian Nuclear Association

Innovation

Nuclear energy means clean low-carbon energy for everyone. Through innovative, advanced reactors, benefits can be delivered to markets all over the world. Need Proof?

1) Small modular reactors hold great promise for providing a new source of low-carbon energy with profound environmental gains. (Arizona Daily Star.)

2) Several recent climate policy assessments have concluded that meeting the world’s growing appetite for energy while achieving deep reductions in global GHG emissions will be impossible without rapid nuclear energy growth. (Issues in Science and Technology.)

3) Full lifecycle GHG emissions from nuclear power are comparable to emissions from renewable electricity generation, making nuclear an effective GHG mitigation option globally. (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.)

Thanks to nuclear technology, we have access to world-class healthcare technology. Need Proof?

1) A nuclear medicine procedure practiced across Canada where a sealed radioactive source is implanted directly into a patient has proven effective in the treatment of prostate cancer. This procedure is known as brachytherapy. (Canadian Cancer Society.)

2) Nuclear technology has allowed scientists to fight the Zika virus using the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) whereby male mosquitos are sterilized to prevent transmission of the virus. (International Atomic Energy Agency.)

3) Nuclear technology is a tool in the fight against malnutrition. A technique called deuterium dilution helps to determine the percentage of fat versus fat-free mass. The measure of deuterium absorption in the body determines how much body fat a person has which is an indicator of nutrition level. (National Center for Biotechnology Information.)

Nuclear desalination can help address the global water shortages. Need Proof?

1) Freshwater shortfall worldwide will increase almost tenfold by 2025. The World Economic Forum released a report in 2015 highlighting the same concern while indicating that a shortfall of freshwater may be the main global threat in the coming decade. (World Nuclear Association referencing a 2002 UNESCO report.) (World Economic Forum.)

2) Using nuclear power plants to desalinate seawater is safe, practical, affordable and zero-emitting. (East Valley Tribune.)

3) By 2030, nearly half of the world population will live under water stress conditions and will be increasingly dependent on alternative sources of water including seawater desalination. (International Atomic Energy Agency.)