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TRIUMF Collaborators Receive Gen-IV Energy Technologies Program Grant

26 February 2009

Imagine receiving $100,000 for three consecutive years to work on an idea that you've proposed. For Paul Percival, Khashayar Ghandi and Craig Stuart that dream has become a reality.  In July 2008, NSERC announced a new grant program with Natural Resources Canada and AECL Ltd. under the Generation IV Energy Technologies Program.  This program is meant to promote the research and development of a Supercritical-Water-Cooled Nuclear Power Reactor. Percival (Simon Fraser University), Ghandi (Mount. Allison University), and Stuart (AECL) became the successful coapplicants for a NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant this year, valued at $100,000 per annum for three years.

This is a significant step forward for Canada as one of the 13 members that represents the Generation IV International Forum. Their mission is to lead the collaborative efforts of the world's leading nuclear technology nations in order to develop next generation nuclear energy systems that will meet the future's energy needs. The priority areas for research and development in Canada include "improved understanding of radiolysis under supercritical water conditions and the effect of radiolysis products on corrosion and stress corrosion cracking." Percival, Ghandi and Stuart's project contributes towards fulfilling this goal and will work with  TRIUMF's Centre for Molecular and Materials Science. The project, M1198: Reaction Kinetics in Supercritical Water as Probed with Muonium, was presented to the TRIUMF Molecular and Materials Science Experiments Evaluation Committee at its December 2008  meeting where it was not only approved, but endorsed as "high priority."  TRIUMF's muSR beam line will be employed to characterize the supercritical water.

In terms of how the project will carry onward, the team describes their proposed strategy: "