Rwanda to Build Test Nuclear Reactor with Canadian-German Firm

Innovatia Africa – Rwanda has signed a deal with a Canadian-German company to build its first small-scale nuclear reactor to test a new nuclear fission approach, according to the country’s atomic energy board.

“Rwanda is looking at nuclear energy to add to its energy generation mix,” said Fidel Ndahayo, the chief executive officer of Rwanda Atomic Energy Board. “The Dual Fluid technology has nuclear safety design features that make it accident-free and will produce relatively low amounts of radioactive waste that will be safely managed.”

The reactor will be built by Dual Fluid Energy Inc., a company that claims to have developed a new type of nuclear fission that is more efficient and produces less radioactive waste than traditional nuclear power.


“We are honored and grateful to be able to contribute to a positive energy future for Rwanda, Africa, and all other countries seeking an emission-free, reliable source of energy,” Dual Fluid said in a series of tweets earlier this week.

The reactor is expected to be operational by 2026 and will be used to test the Dual Fluid technology before it is used to build commercial nuclear reactors.


Analysis

Rwanda is one of the first African countries to explore nuclear energy as a source of electricity. The country has a rapidly growing population and is seeking to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

The Dual Fluid technology is still in its early stages of development, but it has the potential to revolutionize the nuclear power industry. If the technology is successful, it could make nuclear power more affordable, safer, and more environmentally friendly.

The construction of the test reactor in Rwanda is a significant step forward for Dual Fluid Energy Inc. and for the nuclear power industry as a whole. It will be interesting to see how the technology performs and whether it can live up to its claims.

By Felix Tih

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