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  • Aerial view of the Red Dog camp and mill facilities during the winter.

    Microreactors are the future of mining

    Idaho National Laboratory|Updated Nov 25, 2023

    Powering a remote zinc mine located roughly 600 miles northwest of Anchorage, Alaska, is a Herculean task. Governments and industry have taken a particular interest in remote arctic mining locations, not only because of the region's vast mineral resources but also because of shipping routes that are opening through the ice due to climate change. Still, getting energy to those locations is extremely difficult. First, a tanker must transport diesel fuel to a port on the Arctic... Full story