Laurentian Hills in Renfrew County, Ontario — Central Canada
Nuclear Power Demonstration Reactor
On June 4, 1962 the Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) Reactor 3 km east of Rolphton supplied the Ontario power grid with the first nuclear-generated electricity in Canada. A joint project of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Ontario Hydro and Canadian General Electric, NPD was the prototype and proving ground for research and development that led to commercial application of the CANDU system for generating electric power from a nuclear plant using natural uranium fuel, heavy water moderator and coolant in a pressure tube configuration with on-power refuelling. As a science and engineering research centre, NPD produced internationally significant knowledge and techniques. It was also a training centre for nuclear plant operators. NPD closed in 1987 after exceeding its operational goals.
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation.
Location. 46° 10.54′ N, 77° 41.354′ W. Marker is in Laurentian Hills, Ontario, in Renfrew County. Marker is on Trans-Canada Highway (Provincial Highway 17) 0.4 kilometers east of Swisha Road (County Highway 635), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in a paved pull-out on the north side of the highway.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within Steamboating on the Upper Ottawa (approx. 5.4 kilometers away).
Also see . . . Wikipedia - Nuclear power in Canada. (Submitted on July 16, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features •
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