Centre for Reactor Sustainability

The Centre for Reactor Sustainability (CRS) is a virtual centre with the mission to revolutionize nuclear power plants using technologies to sustain reliable and affordable nuclear reactors. The CRS supports utilities, their suppliers, and industry research organizations by providing extensive research areas through:

  • Operations and maintenance practices that improve reactor operations and respond to emergent issues;
  • Life extension initiatives that enable long-term operations; and
  • Innovation that develops technologies to support reactor modernization and efficiencies

Quality Assurance

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories maintains a robust management system and quality program in compliance with national and international nuclear standards such as ISO 9001, CSA N286, CSA Z299/N299and ASME NQA-1.

Aging Management including Post Irradiation Examination

Delivering the nuclear promise for the future generations

  • Full post irradiation examination (PIE) services and facilities 
  • Shipping, receiving, and disposal of irradiated materials 
  • Modeling and characterization

Fuel Characterization 

Get the full picture

  • Full fuel PIE services and facilities, including conventional and accident tolerant fuel
  • Shipping, receiving, and disposal of fuel and irradiated materials
  • Modeling and characterization for long-term fuel storage

Chemistry Control, Monitoring and Optimization

A whole system view of plant chemistry 

  • Plant chemistry support and consulting
  • Laboratory services
  • Component and steam generator corrosion expertise

Operational Support and Failure Response

Effective, timely support for reactor components

  • Full post-irradiation examination (PIE) services and facilities for large and small highly contaminated components 
  • Examination and decontamination of large contaminated components in outage critical path 
  • Expertise and consulting services in seals, valves, cables, and steam generator condition monitoring and operations

Specialized Inspection & Maintenance Tooling

Reducing worker dose, overtime hours, and risk

  • Development, qualification of custom tooling & robotics for unique tasks
  • Development, qualification of custom inspection & monitoring techniques


Collaborative Research

Working with leaders in nuclear

In Canada:

  • CANDU Owners Group 
  • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • New Brunswick Power
  • Ontario Power Generation 
  • Bruce Power
  • Canadian National Energy Alliance


Around the world:

  • Electrical Power Research Institute
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission 
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development