LeadCold Reactors (Blykalla Reaktorer) was founded in 2013 by J. Wallenius, P. Szakalos and J. Ejenstam as a joint stock company, with its basis in Stockholm. Our Canadian subsidiary is registered in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
LeadCold is a spin-off from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, where J. Wallenius carried out research on design and safety analysis on lead-cooled reactor systems since 1996. The competences of the LeadCold team include fast reactor core design, transient analysis, corrosion and materials science, nuclear fuel development, lead coolant chemistry, radiation damage and severe accident analysis. Through collaboration with KTH, the company has access to laboratories for lead corrosion studies, nuclear fuel manufacture, heavy liquid metal thermal hydraulics and severe accident experiments. The research at KTH is made in close collaboration with Swedish nuclear materials industry.
Seed funding for a market analysis of small lead-cooled reactors was provided to LeadCold by KTH Innovation in 2013. In December 2014, a grant for development of tools for safety informed design of lead-cooled reactors was given by VINNOVA (The Swedish Innovation Agency). In December 2015, KIC InnoEnergy invested in LeadCold, supporting further business development of the company. In October 2016, Essel Group ME agreed to invest 18 MUSD to fund the Vendor’s Design Review of SEALER with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), as well as the R&D program of LeadCold. In January 2017, this agreement was extended with a commitment from Essel Group ME to finance LeadCold with an additional 200 MUSD for the commercialisation of SEALER.
Joris Van den Bosch
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