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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

US Military Eyes Tiny Nuclear Reactors for Deployed Troops

Getting fuel to remote operating bases is a big problem for the U.S. military. In 2008, during the height of combat in Iraq, the Government Accountability Office estimated that more than 900,000 gallons of fuel went to bases for basic power needs like lighting and refrigeration (on top of the 6.7 million gallons the military burned that year in jets and ground vehicles.) The U.S. military’s Strategic Capabilities Office has put out a request for information about small nuclear reactors that could deploy to the sorts of hillside forward bases U.S. troops set up in places like Afghanistan.

According to the request for “Project Dilithium,” the reactor should fit on a truck and a C-17 aircraft and generate from one to 10 megawatts of electric power for three years without refueling. Soldiers have to be able to stand it up in 72 hours and take it down in a week. It’s got to be meltdown-proof. The office is looking to fund three different prototype designs and will then select a winner from among them.

The idea of deployable nuclear reactors only seems outlandish. In fact, the research has a long history in the military.

In 1954, the Army launched the Nuclear Power Program, under its Corps of Engineers developed a variety of nuclear reactor cores of different sizes.

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Anonymous said...

It's the one thing - besides wine and cheese- that the French have over the US: small nuclear reactors. Most of the electricity produces in France is from nuclear power. They don't have the expensive behemoths that we have in the US.
Maybe because they don't have a National Energy Commission or an EPA to contend with.
I've heard that a nuclear powered submarine would produce enough power to light every home in Salisbury.

Anonymous said...

These are the new generation nukes used during 911 to bring down the towers.

They leave little ionized material by-product

Anonymous said...

Whole different kind of nuke dimwit, do some research

Anonymous said...

'...I've heard that a nuclear powered submarine would produce enough power to light every home in Salisbury."

You sell yourself short. One nuclear ballistic missile sub can produce enough power to light every house in Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties.

lmclain said...

Uh huh.

Sounds extremely brilliant to me.

I made that up.

Anonymous said...

Are we going to leave these all over the middle East like we did with Hummers and other equipment when we left?

Anonymous said...

When the fuel is spent in 3 years they will be worthless