Miniature nuclear power stations will be supplied to US military outposts overseas to ensure soldiers are not reliant on diesel generators for electricity, under plans set out by the Pentagon. Three contracts worth a total of $40 million have been awarded for the design of a portable reactor capable of producing up to five megawatts of power, enough to supply 2,000 homes. It is envisaged that the reactor, weighing about 40 tonnes, could be moved by road, rail, sea and fit into a lorry or C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft. The Pentagon has been considering mobile nuclear plants since a US army report in 2018 said that deliveries of diesel came at great cost in “lives and dollars”. Over a nine-year period of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, just over half the 36,000 US casualties were from attacks on land transport.
Times 11th March 2020 read more »
The US Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded contracts to BWX Technologies Inc, Westinghouse Government Services and X-energy LLC to each begin design work on a mobile nuclear reactor prototype. The engineering design phase of the project will last up to two years, after which one of the three teams may be selected to build and demonstrate a prototype reactor.
World Nuclear News 10th March 2020 read more »