Over 70 organizations have responded to a Canadian request for expressions of interest (RFEOI) in small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), nuclear technology firm Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) said last week.

CNL called the response “a strong gesture of support from a broad range of stakeholders representing key areas of a potential SMR industry”.

The RFEOI was launched this summer and drew input from technology developers, potential end users including host communities, the nuclear supply chain, research institutions and universities, CNL said.

Submissions included over 15 expressions of interest to build a prototype or demonstration reactor at a CNL site.

CNL would like to work as a key partner on the development and deployment of SMRs, it said, and the initiative is aimed at building a better understanding of existing capabilities, technology gaps, needs and requirements, and overall market interest.

Mark Lesinski, CNL’s president and CEO, said he was “happy to say that the response has been beyond our expectations”.

SMRs “could be integrated in overall energy plans with applications as varied as district heating, cogeneration, energy storage, desalination, or hydrogen production,” CNL noted.