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Centre for Nuclear Energy Research

About the CNER

The Centre for Nuclear Energy Research (CNER) is a research and development institute within the University of New Brunswick (UNB) located in Fredericton, NB, Canada.

We effectively deliver state of the art interdisciplinary applied research projects and services to research organizations and industry leaders around the globe.

Due to the proximity between UNB and CNER, we have access to a variety of mechanical and chemistry labs in-house and across the university campus.

In addition to our labs, CNER has four fully automated high-temperature and high-pressure test loops, constructed to industry standards, which simulate the primary heat transport system of a CANDU® reactor, the secondary heat transport system of nuclear power stations as well as steam-raising circuits in thermal power generation plants.

Who we are

Formed in 1992, CNER was originally established as a not-for-profit research and development company operating with a partnership between UNB and the Research and Productivity Council (RPC). Since then, we have expanded by working closely with NB Power and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (formerly Atomic Energy of Canada Limited).

We also have synergistic working relationships with several departments within the UNB community.

This allows CNER to be a diversely multidisciplinary research institute, supplying a greater variety of solutions and experiences to the needs of our clients.

Due to the nature of our work, we are an integral member of the Canadian Nuclear community. We also have a longstanding working relationship with Point Lepreau Generating Station, which provides us with the expertise required to deliver effective, safe solutions to our customers.

Our corporate values help guide us in our daily activities. They include:

  • Making safety and quality a core concept of our work
  • Collaborating with our customers for our collective success
  • Providing our clients with a great service experience, resulting in loyal customers
  • Providing an engaging working environment for our employees that promotes teamwork, mutual respect, professionalism and skill development.