The U.S. Air Force has chosen Eielson Air Force Base (AFB,) located approximately 26 miles (42km) South-East of Fairbanks, Alaska, to pilot its maiden nuclear Micro reactor. The next generation energy capability will provide the installation with a clean, reliable, and resilient nuclear energy supply technology for critical national security infrastructure.
In the case of the Eielson base, we’re talking about several tonnes of coal to supply the base’s capacity with 33.5 MW of electricity. In addition to the negative impact on the terrain, it’s simply at a high cost, and the energy is veritably delicate to deliver to the point of consumption, so the Air Force is interested in looking at nuclear energy as a cleaner and simpler volition.
The micro-reactor airman is being developed in response to the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act demand to identify implicit locales to the site, construct, and operate a micro-reactor by the end of 2027. The Air Force will work with the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to grease the micro-reactor airman and to insure this airman is conducted with safety as the number one precedence. Certified by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the micro-reactor will be possessed and operated commercially.
“Energy is a critical asset to ensure mission continuity at our installations,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety, and Infrastructure Mark Correll. “Micro-reactors are a promising technology for ensuring energy resilience and reliability, and are particularly well-suited for powering and heating remote domestic military bases like Eielson AFB.”
“This technology has the potential to provide true energy assurance, and the existing energy infrastructure and compatible climate at Eielson make for the perfect location to validate its feasibility,” said Mr. Correll.