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Prodigy Clean Energy and Des Nëdhé Group Exploring Microreactor Transportable Nuclear Power Plants (TNPPs) for Remote Applications

Press Release

March 19, 2024

‍MONTREAL, CANADA, March 19, 2024 – Today, in a major step toward Indigenous Economic Reconciliation, Prodigy Clean Energy and Des Nëdhé Group announce a Memorandum of Understanding to develop opportunities to power remote mines and communities in Canada utilizing Prodigy microreactor Transportable Nuclear Power Plants (TNPPs). Under the MOU, Prodigy and Des Nëdhé will explore potential TNPP projects, and engage with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis across Canada, identifying ways in which Indigenous Peoples could have ownership in TNPP new builds, and how an Indigenous workforce could take a leading role in TNPP commercialization and strategic infrastructure development.

The Prodigy Microreactor Power Station™ TNPP, which can integrate different types of microreactors, would be manufactured, outfitted, and partially commissioned in a shipyard, then transported to site for installation either on land or in a marine (shoreside) setting. The facility would require minimal site preparation when compared to a site-constructed Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Since the TNPP would arrive at site more ready for final commissioning, power generation could commence in a matter of weeks. At the end of project life, the TNPP would be removed for decommissioning, eliminating legacy waste.

Off-grid diesel replacement in Canada is a large opportunity, with the majority of remote communities each requiring up to 5 megawatts, and remote mines ~15-45 megawatts. Able to deploy microreactors safely and economically, even in hard-to-access locations, Prodigy TNPPs could accelerate achievement of Canada’s Northern energy security goals. Power generated would facilitate infrastructure improvements across the North, drive increased production of critical minerals, including those needed for transportation electrification, and increase opportunities for the long-term economic reconciliation of Indigenous Peoples. Prodigy is collaborating with Westinghouse to develop a TNPP outfitted with the Westinghouse eVinci™ microreactor, that would be suitable for these applications.

“Prodigy’s microreactor TNPP offers a near-term solution to transition remote locations off of diesel,” said Mathias Trojer, President and CEO, Prodigy Clean Energy. “Meeting Indigenous Peoples’ requirements for TNPP design and energy delivery, and ensuring maximal participation of Indigenous groups as part of our technology development and commercialization programs, are cornerstone to our success. We are privileged to partner with Des Nëdhé to put these objectives into action.”
Conceptual illustration of Prodigy’s Microreactor Power Station™ TNPP. Variant is marine transported and coastally installed on land.

Des Nëdhé is an Indigenous Economic Development Corporation with 25+ years of experience across the nuclear, remote power, construction, mining, and Indigenous and stakeholder communications sectors. The company has a strong history of forging strategic partnerships to facilitate development of critical infrastructure and services needed in remote areas. For SMRs, Des Nëdhé is championing Indigenous leadership and engagement to support the technology’s deployment across Canada.

“Ensuring a secure, carbon-free, and affordable electricity and heat supply for all of Canada is crucial, and SMRs will play a significant role,” said Sean Willy, President and CEO, Des Nëdhé Group. “Des Nëdhé is proud to partner with Prodigy, as their TNPP technologies address many of the upfront concerns that Indigenous groups have when considering a potential SMR project. This includes minimizing the environmental impact and reducing the project life cycle complexity and cost, when compared to a traditional site-constructed SMR. The end use opportunity for TNPPs across remote industrial and residential power in Canada is very significant.”

Read more: Indigenous Leadership in the Clean Energy Transition of the North – Paving the Way for SMR Deployment.

Media contact:

Lori-Anne Ramsay, Chief Business Development Officer, Prodigy Clean Energy | LRamsay@prodigy.energy

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