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U-Battery Canada Limited

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Overview

As the Canadian subsidiary of the global nuclear supply chain company Urenco, U-Battery Canada Limited is dedicated to the advancement of nuclear innovation through the development and deployment of SMRs. U-Battery’s advanced SMR aims to replace diesel power with clean, safe, and cost-effective energy for a variety of applications, including remote communities and other off-grid locations such as mining operations in northern regions. The U- Battery SMR is a cogeneration unit capable of producing both heat and power, differentiating it from traditional SMRs.

As part of our dual-track approach of exploring the potential in Canada and the United Kingdom (UK), U-Battery is developing an innovative, low-carbon, market-ready solution designed to address the emerging energy needs as well as sustainability and carbon reduction policies in both markets.

U-Battery is working collaboratively with governments, utilities and licensing authorities to advance its first-of-a-kind project. In July 2020, U-Battery was selected to proceed to Phase 2 of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR) competition in the UK. Under the program, U-Battery will receive £10 million ($CAD 16.9 million) in funding to conduct design and development work, the next step in bringing its SMR technology to market. This represents a major milestone as the initial call for SMR developers resulted in 23 applications, only three of which, including U-Battery, have progressed through to Phase 2.

In parallel, U-Battery has also made progress through the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ (CNL) siting competition to establish a first-of—a-kind SMR demonstration unit at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s (AECL) Chalk River Laboratories campus in Chalk River, Ontario. Further, U-Battery has established a service agreement with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for pre-licensing vendor design review, as well as a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bruce Power for design review and feasibility services. Combined, these developments will help ensure that U-Battery’s design is well positioned to meet regulatory and feasibility requirements as well as Canadian codes and standards as it works towards commercial deployment.

The SMR Action Plan

In 2018, the federal government released Canada’s SMR Roadmap, the culmination of ten months of workshops and Indigenous engagement sessions aimed at fostering a collective vision statement for the eventual rollout of SMR technology. This Roadmap brought forward 53 recommendations and signalled that the Canadian nuclear supply chain and the Government of Canada were aligned on a path forward.

The SMR Action Plan will provide U-Battery with a foundation to accelerate the development of its advanced SMR. U-Battery sees the Action Plan as a potentially disruptive strategy, that will leverage the best of the private sector, various levels of government as well as research and development. In this new Canadian landscape, U-Battery knows that its initial capital investment will be adequately supplemented by sound fiscal policies and the right mix of creative funding programs and fiscal relief mechanisms that recognize SMRs as an undisputed source of clean energy. A strong, multinational Action Plan will strengthen U-Battery’s ongoing commitment to Canada.

U-Battery readily endorses the core principles of this Action Plan. We understand that suppliers need to work collaboratively with governments to facilitate the consolidation of a strong Team Canada approach. We realize the opportunities that SMRs will provide in terms of decarbonizing our economy. We recognize our obligation to mitigate nuclear waste. And we are committed to nurture and leverage a skilled and diverse workforce that will shape Canada’s nuclear innovation sector into a domestic and international powerhouse.

The SMR Roadmap played a significant role in U-Battery’s Canadian development efforts, which include progress and agreements with CNSC, CNL and Bruce Power, to name a few. The culmination of Canada’s SMR Action Plan represents a tangible advancement for our long- term Canadian development and deployment goals. Conservative estimates place the potential value for SMRs in Canada at $5.3 billion between 2025 and 2040. In fact, we believe that SMRs hold the potential of doing much more than helping our country get back to what it was: by capitalizing on its core characteristics, U-Battery believes that our advanced SMR can spur economic growth while leading Canada’s long-term decarbonization efforts and steer the country towards environmental sustainability. U-Battery is keen to play its part in reenergizing the Canadian economy while diversifying its energy mix.

ACTIONS

POLICY, LEGISLATION & REGULATION
Fuel Supply Security
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB01

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 8

ACTION

U-Battery has engaged various stakeholder groups including the Government of Canada to provide recommendations for addressing SMR fuel supply security.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Formulate a coherent approach to ensure the security of SMR fuel supply in Canada.
POLICY, LEGISLATION & REGULATION
Ensure clean energy programming is open to nuclear energy
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB02

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 9

ACTION

U-Battery participated in the 2019 consultation on the Use of proceeds from the federal Output-Based Pricing System (OBPS).

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Position nuclear energy (and SMRs) as an undisputed source of clean energy, worthy of federal funding through programs which reward lowcarbon emitters.
CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT & PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Global SMR market validation
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB03

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 14, 25

ACTION

U-Battery has undertaken a dual-track approach to explore the potential deployment of its advanced SMR design in Canada and the United Kingdom (UK).

In parallel, U-Battery has participated in several international conferences in the UK and Canada as well as other global markets.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Leverage the global potential of SMRs as a technology with significant economies of scale.
  • Ensure global regulatory synergy to extend the reach of each market.
  • Promote international cooperation on SMRs.
CAPACITY, ENGAGEMENT & PUBLIC CONFIDENCE
Grade school and high school programming
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB04

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 21

ACTION

U-Battery has engaged with Canadian postsecondary institutions to discuss the potential of SMRs with the Canadian energy landscape.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Position nuclear innovation and SMRs as an integral part of the Canadian nuclear energy sector.
  • Explore potential capacity building initiatives.
POLICY, LEGISLATION & REGULATION
Public awareness and confidence
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB05

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 33

ACTION

U-Battery has been an advocate for the inclusion of SMRs as a legitimate source of clean energy during engagement with the Government of Canada.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Establish nuclear energy as an integral part of Canada’s clean energy mix.
INTERNATONAL PARTNERSHIPS & MARKETS
Promoting industry leadership on the global
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB06

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 34

ACTION

U-Battery has consistently promoted industry collaboration through a Team Canada approach during international conferences and multilateral initiatives, with an emphasis on nuclear innovation and SMRs.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Promote international cooperation on SMRs.
DEMONSTRATION & DEPLOYMENT
Engagement with the Regulator
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB07

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 44

ACTION

U-Battery has established a service agreement with the CNSC for the pre- licensing vendor design review of its advanced SMR design.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Verify acceptability of U-Battery’s advanced SMR design with respect to Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations, as well as Canadian codes and standards.
DEMONSTRATION & DEPLOYMENT
Engagement with the Regulator
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB08

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 44

ACTION

U-Battery has progressed through the pre- qualification stage of CNL’s siting competition to establish an SMR demonstration unit at AECL’s Chalk River Laboratories campus in Chalk River, Ontario. U-Battery is now preparing its submission for the due diligence stage.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Verify acceptability for U-Battery’s proposed SMR design as well as its security and integrity requirements.
  • Demonstrate the commercial viability of U-Battery’s advanced SMR.
DEMONSTRATION & DEPLOYMENT
Strategic Partnerships and Business Models
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB9

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 46

ACTION

U-Battery has established a memorandum of understanding with Bruce Power for design review and feasibility services.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Verify acceptability of U-Battery’s advanced SMR design with respect to Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations, as well as Canadian codes and standards.
  • Strategic partnership with Bruce Power as the established Canadian utility to drive the development and deployment of U-Battery’s advanced SMR.
DEMONSTRATION & DEPLOYMENT
Fleet Deployment Pathways
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB10

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 20, 47

ACTION

In 2019, U-Battery held its first Canadian Supplier Forum in partnership with the OCNI in order to introduce its technology to the broader Canadian nuclear supply chain. U- Battery’s second Canadian Supplier Forum is scheduled to take place on September 21, 2020.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Establish partnerships with the broader Canadian nuclear supply chain for the development of components for U-Battery’s advanced SMR design.
DEMONSTRATION & DEPLOYMENT: ENGAGEMENT WITH NWMO ON FUEL WASTE
Management Specifications and Cost
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB11

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 30, 45

ACTION

U-Battery has held preliminary talks with NWMO on fuel waste management for U-Battery’s advanced SMR facility.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Develop technical specifications for a safe disposal facility for all used fuel from U-Battery’s advanced SMR.
  • Develop waste disposal standards able to enhance the viability of U-Battery’s advanced SMR.
DEMONSTRATION & DEPLOYMENT
Strategic Partnerships and Business Models
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB12

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 46

ACTION

U-Battery has brought on Kinectrics as a consortium partner and Canadian lead for nuclear engineering and design.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Verify acceptability of U-Battery’s advanced SMR design with respect to Canadian nuclear regulatory requirements and expectations, as well as Canadian codes and standards.
  • Strategic partnership with Kinectrics as consortium partner and established nuclear engineering firm.
DEMONSTRATION & DEPLOYMENT
Fleet Deployment Pathways
STATUS: IN PROGRESS
UB13

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 47

ACTION

U-Battery is an active member of the Canadian Nuclear Association.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Establish partnerships with the broader Canadian nuclear supply chain to enable the development and deployment of U-Battery’s advanced SMR.