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November 09, 2010 15:15 ET

Government of Canada Supports Green Energy Innovative Research and Development in Oakville, Ontario

MP Terence Young also recognizes Tyne Engineering Inc. as a Canadian Innovation Leader

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - Canada's nuclear industry could soon have a built-in-Canada solution to remove tritium — a potentially harmful radioactive isotope — from CANDU ("CANada Deuterium Uranium") reactors, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada to Tyne Engineering Inc., in Oakville. The announcement was made by Terence Young, Member of Parliament for Oakville, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology).

"Our government is investing in science and technology to create good jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians," said Mr. Young. "This investment will help bring solutions for enhanced safety of nuclear reactors and ensure continued competitiveness of CANDU reactors in the global market."

Tyne Engineering will receive up to $1.2 million from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to design a new type of electrolyser for nuclear reactors that can withstand high doses of radiation. CANDU nuclear reactors use water to transfer heat from the reactor core to steam turbines to generate electricity. Over time, this water becomes contaminated with a potentially harmful radioactive isotope called tritium. An electrolyser is a critical component of the system used in the removal of tritium from water, thus preventing it from finding its way into lakes and streams.

The success of this project would provide a built-in-Canada solution for a Canadian export success story: the CANDU nuclear reactor. Sale of heavy water tritium-removal systems to existing CANDU reactors worldwide could mean Canadian export sales of over $84M.

A Canadian Innovation Leader Certificate was also presented to Tyne Engineering to highlight its success as an innovative Canadian firm that has successfully linked scientific research to commercialization, jobs and economic growth.

"With NRC-IRAP's assistance, Tyne Engineering will be able to channel its expertise in support of a Canadian icon — the CANDU Nuclear Reactor," said Vince Robinson, VP Business Development of Tyne Engineering. "It is our belief that a cost-effective solution to the reduction of tritium in the water systems of nuclear reactors advances safety and Canadian competitiveness in the surging nuclear power industry."

Founded in 1999 and employing 25 people in Oakville, Tyne Engineering designs and manufactures specialized instruments and equipment used in the nuclear industry and in the measurement and handling of tritium. Tyne's product range covers electronic as well as mechanical components, vessels and piping systems designed and built to the highest nuclear quality assurance standards.

About National Research Council of Canada and its Industrial Research Assistance Program

The Industrial Research Assistance Program provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with necessary financial support to qualified innovative small- and medium-sized enterprises in Canada.

The program is delivered by a field staff of 240 professionals in more than 100 communities across Canada. The National Research Council of Canada is committed to working with small- and medium-sized enterprises while they realize their full potential, turning knowledge and innovation into strategic opportunities, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.

For more information (media only), please visit the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program's website (

Contact Information

  • National Research Council of Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft - Director of Communications