Are small, modular nuclear reactors the next big thing for Canada?

This is certainly not the first time this idea has been floated, but the promise is exciting. After all, as long as we consume power it has to come form somewhere, and not every community has easy access to "green" power sources. Still, at the moments it's vaporware.

What differentiates these next-generation reactors is that they are built on a far smaller scale than the massive designs that currently dominate the industry. The shift has the potential to provide clean power to remote communities (many of which currently must fly in dirty diesel in bulk at huge expense) and open new markets for nuclear power at home and overseas using technologies developed in Canada. That’s what recently led Bob Walker, president of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and its new restructured entity Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, to ask whether small modular reactors might be the new Canadian big idea.