Saskatchewan nuclear research projects get $2M funding boost
University will lead 11 projects from medical isotopes to nuclear waste storage.
SASKATOON — The Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation has announced more than $2 million in funding for research projects in Saskatchewan.
Eleven proposals were selected over the summer and will be led by University of Saskatchewan researchers.
John Root, the centre’s interim executive director, says the projects will lead to new opportunities for Saskatchewan people in nuclear innovation and training.
One project will develop methods for using medical isotopes while another will design more robust materials for nuclear waste storage.
There will also be a project to measure the uranium industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“This research will reveal how much the industry has reduced greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy at Saskatchewan’s uranium mine sites,” said Dale Huffman of AREVA Resources Canada Inc.
Companies and research institutions from across Canada’s nuclear sector are partners on the projects.
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