Energy consumption in the United States Army will continue to grow so that the defense department will create small modular reactors with a capacity of one to 50 megawatts. They will be able to function independently of the electrical networks. The power plant prototype will be developed by two companies-BWXT Advance Technologies from Virginia and X-energy from Maryland. It will be presented to the Pentagon in early 2022.
“A safe, small and portable reactor to meet the growing demand of the military for energy. <…> It will become a support for the U.S. Army in critical operations in remote, harsh conditions,” the material says.
Experts note that such technology still has disadvantages: the microreactor can become a target for opponents of the American army, especially during transportation.