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U.S. Air Force Base To Be First To Deploy New Nuclear ‘Microreactor’ – Soon Every Town Could Have One

James Conca of Forbes reports that an Air Force base will deploy a new nuclear microreactor.

The C3 Take
  • Nuclear microreactors are small nuclear power plants that are able to be easily deployed in rural areas.
  • The microreactor will service Alaska’s Eielson Air Force Base and will be operational by 2027.
  • The use of microreactors by the Air Force could lead to microreactors being readily available for small towns across the nation.
  • Technological innovation is key to a cleaner energy future.

“Microreactors offer a range of benefits attractive to military bases. Chiefly, they remove reliance on the grid, which is ‘vulnerable to prolonged outage due to a variety of threats’ and can provide both the electricity and heat that bases need. Moreover, the US DoD sees its needs for electricity growing as it requires power to desalinate water, produce hydrogen and support increasing data processing as well as to power robots and directed-energy weapons such as lasers.”

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