Member profile: Nuclear Innovation Institute
The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a platform to accelerate innovation and the implementation of business relevant solutions for the nuclear industry.
In a short pitch, how would you describe Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) offerings? What makes it innovative? What industry sectors and/or customers are you focused on?
The Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a platform to accelerate innovation and the implementation of business relevant solutions for the nuclear industry. NII’s goal is to shape a Canadian nuclear industry that embraces new thinking, new technologies and new lines of business that can drive the global shift to a low-carbon future.
Providing more detail, what is the value proposition of NII’s offerings? Examples could include programming or resources offered to your members, unique opportunities, common goals, etc.
NII acts as a convenor and connector between member companies and technology providers, providing a platform for solutions to today’s problems. We have two main streams of business: our industry innovation projects and our public interest work.
On the industry side, we turn problems into sharply focused projects, with the ability to de-risk projects through collaboration between Founding Members as we monitor compliance and deliverables for the project team throughout. Our areas of focus are transforming and optimizing energy generation; reducing health and environmental stress; and exploring net zero pathways.
And in our public interest work, we’re part of the community conversation, from people to policy. We provide accessible, engaging STEM opportunities for students to learn and discover the tools needed to make a positive change in their communities and the world. And we deliver original thinking on nuclear’s role in a net-zero future, while also promoting our region of Bruce, Grey and Huron counties as a clean energy leader.
What is NII's biggest achievement/success story to date?
We are continuing to work on some industry-shaping industry projects that we look forward to sharing with the public in 2022. We are proud of NII’s industry-leading original research and thinking for policymakers and the public: the role of nuclear power in the drive towards net zero; a Canadian hydrogen economy; and Ontario’s electric vehicle future.
Locally, our NII Explore program’s leadership in STEM education has helped thousands of rural students learn foundational skills in fresh and engaging ways—from innovative new program offerings for all ages, to a summer full of science experiments at locations around the region, to ongoing support for teachers in the area with our Coding in the Classroom and Science in the Classroom programs.
What does the future hold for NII?
We look forward to showcasing successes from NII’s industry innovation projects that are helping increase the pace of innovation in nuclear. And in our public interest work, we will continue to challenge stereotypes and explore the need to talk about nuclear in new ways. Finally, we are excited to launch new STEM education offerings for teachers and students across our region.
Why did you decide to join the GEDI Exchange? What are you looking for? What do you want to get out of it?
NII is pleased to be part of the GEDI Exchange, connecting with its partners to share knowledge and potential avenues for collaboration. Our focus is the energy industry and beyond, so organizations like the GEDI Exchange help NII broaden our reach and accelerate engagement.