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Kinectrics proposes to design, build, and operate a collaborative clean energy innovation campus, Helius

June 07, 2021

Toronto, Canada – Kinectrics proposes to design, build and operate a world-class campus for innovation in clean energy, known as Helius. The focus of this campus will be on the development, testing, qualification and long-term support of clean energy technologies. This campus will be enabled by collaboration with Canada’s leading research institutions, industry, technology developers, and organizations focused on the future of global energy, with a common goal between collaborators of ensuring a clean, reliable, affordable low-carbon energy future.

“Kinectrics is excited to be leading the way in supporting the development, testing and commercialization of SMRs, providing the critical infrastructure required to accelerate their introduction around the world. This initiative will help to create long term jobs in Ontario,” says David Harris, President and CEO of Kinectrics.

Development of advanced small modular reactor (SMR) designs, including High Temperature Gas Reactors (HTGR), requires specialized infrastructure that is not currently available. Testing of reactor components, and large-scale experiments and models of product steam uses, are required to assure performance and technology readiness of reactor components, develop reliable predictive models for design and safety analysis, demonstrate performance and qualification of SSCs; and mitigate technical, schedule, and project risk.

“There’s really no facility like Helius in Canada or in North America,” says Katherine Moshonas Cole, President of X-energy Canada. “Our Xe-100 SMR is a Generation IV HTGR. Helius will allow us to test the safety and performance requirements of our systems and components in high temperature environments. The facility will also enable us to demonstrate Xe-100’s high temperature steam for hydrogen production and direct industrial uses.  These capabilities are critical for Canada’s plans for a net-zero future.”

Helius will include:

       Flexible and adaptable facilities with collaborative space for R&D, testing, and scale-up of a variety of clean energy technologies

       Helium, molten salt, and steam loops with operating temperatures between 200°C to 1100°C

       District heating, greenhouse agriculture, and hydrogen generation and storage facilities

The proposed site of Helius is alongside Kinectrics’ existing laboratories in Toronto, Ontario, creating one of the most comprehensive technology demonstration and testing facilities in the world. R&D facilities such as this provide opportunities for future generations of engineers, scientists and nuclear operators to study and train.

Learn more about Helius and how you can join this initiative here.​​​​