Webinar: Small Modular Reactors


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As a low-carbon source of energy, Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are well-aligned with global desire to reduce our carbon footprint. Both smaller in size and in energy output, SMRs are considered ideal for deployment both on-grid and off-grid in remote locations such as mine sites or the oil sands, as well as willing communities in northern Canada reliant on diesel-fuelled generators for electricity. In addition, these technologies can also be utilized in other industrial applications such as production of hydrogen, local area heating, or other industrial heat applications. Currently, SMRs are an emerging technology. There are a wide variety of designs being developed by multiple prospective reactor vendors, each working hard to bring their technology to market

This webinar will provide participants with an introduction to SMRs, covering the fundamental features of the technology, and an overview of the most popular designs proposed to date. The webinar will also include a discussion on the economics of SMRs – how they are expected to compete in the global energy market, and what conditions could make them successful in the future. Join two renowned researchers from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) – Canada’s premier nuclear nuclear science and technology organization, for an engaging discussion on this exciting new set of technologies.


Dr. Metin Yetisir is a Principal Scientist at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL). He has been involved in various research activities related to nuclear industry for over 30 years. Metin received his Masters and PhD degrees from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, in Mechanical Engineering. After two years at Hatch Associates as a thermalhydraulics specialist, he joined Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) at Chalk River Laboratories. He has since worked at AECL (now CNL) at various capacities on steam generators, feeder cracking, fatigue of Class I piping, heat transfer degradation of CANDU primary heat transport system, small modular reactors (SMR) and advanced reactors. More recently, Dr. Yetisir played a key role in developing Canada’s Generation IV supercritical water-cooled reactor concept and holds three patents on the core design of the Canadian SCWR. He was the technical lead of CNL’s Small Modular Reactors program from 2013 to 2017, acted as the Advanced Reactors Program Manager, provided input in developing CNL’s S&T programs on small modular reactors (SMR) and represented Canada in international (IAEA and GIF) meetings on advanced reactors and SMRs. Metin has been a key member of the organising committees of a number of conferences on small and advanced reactors, including the International Generation IV and Small Reactors Conference, the Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS) Annual conference and the Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference. For his contributions to nuclear industry in Canada and to CNS, he is named to be a “Fellow of Canadian Nuclear Society” in 2020. Metin authored more than 70 conference papers, 11 journal papers and has 4 patents related to nuclear reactors and components. He was featured in Titans of Nuclear podcast  and authored the “SMRs: The Case of Canada” chapter of the second edition of Handbook of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors.

Denys Elliot graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Masters in Political Economics in 2015. In 2016 he joined Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as a member of the Business Development team. In early 2020, Denys took over the role of Commercial Lead for CNL’s Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Program. In this role, Denys serves as the primary point of contact between CNL and SMR vendors for the establishment of commercial research and development contracts that advance SMR technologies towards deployment. Denys is also responsible for the administration of CNL’s Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative - a CNL program to support collaborative Advanced Reactor (AR) research projects with third-party proponents in Canada. The goal of the program is to accelerate the deployment of safe, secure, clean, and cost effective ARs in Canada. Denys is a long-time supporter of nuclear energy, and was a founding committee member of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NAYGN) Chalk River Chapter. Denys currently serves as the Advocacy and Education Chair for NAYGN Chalk River, organizing social events, webinars, and conferences on a variety of topics within the nuclear energy industry.

Megan Moore began working for Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (formally Atomic Energy Of Canada Ltd) in 2013. As an Operations Research Analyst she has tackled a wide variety of projects; developing expertise in nuclear economics, hybrid energy systems and nuclear fuel cycles. Megan is currently a co-chair of the Generation IV International Forum Economic and Modelling Working Group, and continues to study Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) to better understand the potential impact of SMRs in Canada, focusing on economics and sustainability. Currently Megan is leading several projects, including one that is studying how nuclear reactors could be integrated with renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, in a hybrid energy system, to improve access to clean energy for residential and industrial applications.

"Fine Print"

  • The webinar is free for active IEEE members. 
  • There is a $5 registration fee for people who are not active IEEE members.
    • The fee must be paid in advance through the registration process below (credit card through PayPal) in order to receive the link to the webinar.
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  Date and Time




  • Date: 20 Jan 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are Canada/Mountain
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The webinar link will be emailed to registrants on Jan 19

  • Co-sponsored by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
  • Starts 19 November 2020 12:00 AM
  • Ends 18 January 2021 11:59 PM
  • All times are Canada/Mountain
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