Clean Technology Canada

Westinghouse eVinci micro-reactor gets the nod from Strategic Innovation Fund


May 13, 2022
By Anthony Capkun
Presented by:
EB Mag
Clean Technology

May 13, 2022 – Westinghouse Electric Canada has received $27.2 million from the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) to support the eVinci micro-reactor.

“The eVinci micro-reactor technology enables many applications which will benefit Canadian industries and communities, especially those in need of carbon-free heat and power,” said David Durham, president, Westinghouse Energy Systems. “We appreciate the Government of Canada’s partnership and are proud to support a Pan-Canadian energy transition program in support of net zero emissions targets.”

This funding will enable Westinghouse to create and maintain many new permanent jobs in Canada, says the company, “while partnering with the country’s world-class nuclear supply chain and academic institutions”.

The eVinci micro-reactor is suitable for off-grid sites, remote communities and islands, decentralized generation, industrial sites, etc., providing between 1 MWe to 5 MWe of electricity (plus the option to provide heat for industrial processes or accommodation).

The solution is fully factory-built, fuelled and assembled, and will operate about 8+ years in full power operation prior to refuelling.

“Westinghouse’s innovative technology will help deliver cleaner energy sources across Canada, especially in remote communities,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, adding that this investment will “build on Canada’s global leadership in SMRs [small modular reactors].”