Other technology - Canadian Nuclear Association

Other technology

Consumer products

A typical Canadian home includes several items that contain low-level radioactivity. Some of them, such as granite countertops, contain naturally radioactive ores; others, such as smoke detectors, use radioactive properties as an essential part of their design and function.

Water desalination

Most Canadians have excellent access to freshwater, but the same cannot be said for much of the world. Many countries rely on seawater desalination to produce potable water, and are turning to nuclear technology for clean and affordable ways to produce the necessary heat.

Space exploration

The solar system is vast, and exploring it takes considerable engineering ingenuity, especially as there are no refuelling points for spacecraft. Such journeys require a compact, long-lasting energy source – which nuclear technology can provide, as it did with the Mars Curiosity Rover.