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2010 Fact Book
The 2010 edition of the Canadian Nuclear Association's nuclear energy fact book is now online and available for download. Canada and countries around the world are discussing energy matters like never before. The CNA's nuclear handbook provides basic and factual material to contribute to decisions about the role of nuclear energy.
Nuclear Energy 101
CANDU Nuclear Technology is Safe
CANDU power plants are safe. The multiple, independent safety systems can quickly shut down the plant and maintain it safely in case of any malfunction or external event (such as the blackout of August 2003).
Nuclear power is the most extensively regulated form of energy, required to meet very stringent safety and environmental requirements for all aspects, from mining to used fuel management.
From the outset, the safety of CANDU nuclear power reactor has been a very high priority in their design and engineering. About one third of the cost of a CANDU power plant is due to safety systems and structures.
No member of the public has been harmed as a result of a radiation leak from a nuclear power plant or used fuel storage facility.
CANDU Nuclear Technology safely manages its used fuel
The Canadian nuclear industry is the only power industry in Canada that accounts for ALL its wastes: zero wastes escape plants.
The Canadian nuclear industry has been safely managing used fuel (waste) for more than 40 years.
The small amount of used fuel produced by Canadian nuclear power plants to generate huge amounts of electricity is controlled and stored in carefully managed facilities.
Used fuel is initially stored in water-filled bays at the site of the nuclear power plants for 5-10 years and then placed in large concrete canisters safely stored on site.
Long-term used fuel storage solutions are in place. Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has made recommendations to implement a phased approach to long-term disposal of used fuel. Their recommendations include: storage at reactor sites and long-term geological storage.
The amount of used fuel from nuclear plants is relatively small and is totally managed. On average, a 600 MW CANDU nuclear power plant produces only 20 cubic metres of used fuel bundles per year. The Advanced CANDU Reactor (ACR-1000) is designed to have less waste volume.
The total amount of used fuel from Canada's nuclear power plants could be stored in one soccer field, to the height of one player. Used fuel is contained in a highly secured environment.
CANDU Nuclear Technology has proven Reliability
The worldwide CANDU 6 fleet has an excellent track record, with an 87.4 per cent average capacity factor, the highest in the world. CANDU nuclear technology performance ranks well ahead of the competition.
CANDU nuclear technology has demonstrated its capability of high performance, compared to other designs now in operation. In South Korea—which has significant operating experience running both CANDU power plants and foreign competitors' technologies—CANDU 6 power plants have matched or exceeded other competitors' performance. Three of the Korean CANDU 6 units were in the top 10 best performing power plants in the world during the last decade.
The top 3 CANDU 6 units achieved a 96% Capacity Factor for 2004 and are among the top 10 performing nuclear power plants in the world.
CANDU nuclear technology makes affordable energy
CANDU nuclear energy is a competitive source of electricity because it produces low-cost baseload power, similar to large hydroelectric energy sources. The greatest cost arises from the construction of the power plant; only a small fraction comes from the cost of the fuel supply.
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