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Title: A small reactor to bring power to remote locations

Abstract

Fuel convoys are one of the largest targets of roadside bombs in war zones. A large portion of the fuel goes towards generating electricity that powers communications, water cleanup, and HVACs. Thus, finding a way to generate electricity that does not require a large logistics train could greatly reduce the risk to our military. A partnership between Los Alamos National Laboratory and Westinghouse is developing the solution: an inherently safe micro-reactor that uses heat-pipe technology. This system requires no cooling water or pumps that can fail, utilizes passive regulation systems so that it cannot meltdown, and can generate at least 1 megawatt of safe, reliable power for at least 10 years. A megawatt is enough to generate electricity for roughly a military brigade, or approximately 1,500 to 4,000 soldiers.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
LANL (Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States))
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1570697
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; MICRO-REACTOR; NUCLEAR REACTOR; SMALL NUCLEAR REACTOR; HEAT PIPES; ELECTRICITY

Citation Formats

. A small reactor to bring power to remote locations. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
. A small reactor to bring power to remote locations. United States.
. Wed . "A small reactor to bring power to remote locations". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1570697.
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month = {9}
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