Molten Salt Nuclear Reactors for the Alberta’s Oil Sands

Molten Salt Reactors were demonstrated by Oakridge National Laboratories in the 1960s.  This technology operated between 1965 and 1969, producing zero emission power from a liquid nuclear fuel.  

Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs) have several advantages over existing nuclear reactor designs:

 

Molten Salt Reactors provide a scalable and effective technology.

 

 

Molten Salt Reactors offer the opportunity for a true walk away safe design. In case of a complete loss of power, a simple freeze plug will melt and allow the liquid fuel to drain into a controlled drainage tank.

The fuel based reactor removes the challenge of keeping the solid nuclear fuel cool.  The liquid based fuel cannot melt down.

In case of a complete loss of power, a simple freeze plug beings to melt and allows the liquid fuel to drain into a controlled drainage tank.  Finally, passive safety for nuclear energy

Molten Salt Reactors

Potential Applications

Passive Nuclear Safety

Penumbra is defined as the line of a shadow cast by an opaque object that is not quite darkness and not quite light. To our team, the name represents a transition from old to new.

Penumbra Energy's mission is to provide safe, secure and reliable electricity for the Alberta power market as well electricity, steam and hydrogen for Alberta oil sands operators. Penumbra Energy's focus is on utilizing MSR technology as the best fit to accomplish that mission.

OUR MISSION

Penumbra Energy presented the following paper on Using Molten Salt Nuclear Reactors in the Oil Sands at the 2012 World Heavy Oil Congress in Aberdeen, UK.

 

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