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The Pentagon announced three contracts to begin the design work on a small, mobile nuclear reactor, as part of a push to bring nuclear power to the U.S. troops overseas and at home.
Contracts totaling $39.7 million awarded to two companies for a two-year engineering design competition-for a small nuclear microreactor that can be used when the forces within the continental United States, according to a Defense News report. The effort is part of the “Project for Pele.”
“The Pele Program’s uniqueness lies in the reactor, the mobility, safety and security,” said Jeff Waksman, a program manager on the project, which is a department statement for the Defense in the News. “We have to take advantage of our partners in the industry to develop a system that can be safely and quickly moved on to the road, by rail, by sea or by air, and for a quick set-up and shut-down, and with a design that is inherently safe.”
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The army has a contract to design a mobile nuclear reactor.
A 2018 the report by the Nuclear Energy Institute, it was found that over 90 percent of all military installations to have an “average energy use” can be satisfied by one or more of the reactors — to make sure that if the power grid goes down, the basic functions can be performed on the basis of.
Although the use of nuclear power on U.S. military bases, including the U.s. army, stationed at bases in foreign countries, it can be useful, experts told Defense News that a number of the remaining hurdles are in the areas of safety, cost, and safety.
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