This week's episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast features a behind-the-scenes look at the deliberations and decisions made at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to move forward with North America's first small modular reactor (SMR). Robin Manley, the VP of New Nuclear Development at OPG, joined podcast host Jason Price and producer Matt Chester to discuss the considerations when debating different SMR technologies and what went into the final determination.
SMRs are still a future consideration, though, with none yet commercially connected to the grid. That's closer than ever to changing though, as OPG's announcement that they're implementing the GE Hitachi BWRX-300 made waves across the industry. Ontario Power Generation is making a big leap by being the first mover in this space that has countless eyeballs following it, with Robin noting:
We have the opportunity to be the first mover in the small modular reactor space. Where we recognize that not everyone, not every company or jurisdiction, might have either that experience or risk tolerance. Someone needs to go first. It's been identified as the most fundamental challenge is, everyone's watching who's going to go first.
So we've decided we're going to do it. And we're going to build this first one on schedule, on budget. Demonstrate that it can be done well, that it can be operated safely. And we will be figuring out all of the engineering, all of the costs. And then be willing to share with others, so that they can learn from our experience and hopefully then implement their own programs, building upon the work that we have done.
This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform. Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.
Episode #65: 'Taking Small Modular Reactors From Hype To Reality In Ontario' With Robin Manley, Ontario Power Generation [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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