The Strategic Capabilities Office is considering engineering designs by BWXT Advanced Technologies, LLC, and X-energy, LLC. One design will be selected and announced this spring.

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon today announced that Idaho National Labs will build and initially operate a type of mobile “nuclear microreactor” designed to help power its ever-more-electrified military machine.

Project Pele, a project under the Strategic Capabilities Office, will be the first electricity-generating Generation IV nuclear reactor built in the US, following Chinese success in the field last year. The US version is designed to deliver one to five megawatts of electrical power for a minimum of three years, according to the press release.

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