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Community Benefits

Affordable Energy

Remote off-grid communities and mine sites are currently paying in the range of 0.50 to over $1.00 per kWhr for diesel-generated electricity, and that price is dependent on the cost of diesel fuel and the cost to transport the fuel to a remote location. These costs are highly variable and extremely dependent on market conditions and transportation costs. Diesel generators often suffer mechanical failures causing disruption to supply which is critical in the harsh climate of most remote communities. Diesel-generated electricity causes local environmental damage and contributes to GreenHouse Gas emissions.

The future of diesel generators

Combined Heat and Power

Remote communities are also dependent on fossil fuels to produce heat, which like the cost of diesel fuel used to create electricity, can be expensive.

The output of a StarCore Nuclear SMR is a combination of heated air and power. The split between heat and power can be varied depending on the customer’s needs. The implementation of a district heating system would further reduce the customer’s reliance on fossil fuels, such as diesel, while lowering the overall cost of living, providing cost certainty over the life of the SMR, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Produce & Farming

Access to fresh fruit and vegetables in a remote, off-grid community is very expensive. The rising cost of food often leads to poor nutritional choices, which can create long-term health risks, especially for children. StarCore’s SMR will use its excess power to farm fresh fruits and vegetables, even in harsher winter months, or in drier climates.This will improve nutrition options, lower the cost and access to fresh food, and implement better health outcomes for the community.

Clean Water

Most remote communities suffer from a lack of potable water and implementing solutions is often limited by the prohibitive costs or lack of electricity capacity.

The addition of a StarCore Nuclear SMR to a small community or mining site will provide a surplus of affordable power that can spur the construction of desalination and water treatment facilities.

Internet Access

The StarCore Nuclear SMRs deployed in remote locations will be monitored by satellite communications. This will provide surplus internet bandwidth for a remote community that can be used for the enhanced benefits of the customers. Potential benefits include improved access to TeleHealth (remote healthcare), education opportunities through remote learning portals, enhanced entertainment opportunities, and countless other communication-driven benefits.

Other Benefits

Many remote communities are limited with regards to Community and Economic Development by the cost of power plus the limited electrical capacity. Many communities cannot add another house, let alone a new business. Economic development is very challenging because the costs are usually prohibitive, particularly if it is necessary to add additional electrical capacity.

The adoption of a StarCore Nuclear SMR by a remote community will provide a surplus of affordable and reliable power that can enable economic development opportunities that were previously unattainable. Additional recreational facilities, such as a gymnasium or a pool, may become an option for a community seeking to improve community fitness and health. Electrification of vehicles could also reduce a remote community’s need for fossil fuels.

StarCore is greatly focused on ways to stimulate growth and to create jobs for its demonstration site communities. This will enable remote locales to attract business, access new opportunities, flourish, and grow.

Technology That's Safe

The high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) design is classified as Inherently Safe by the International Atomic Energy Agency because any type of coolant disruption will automatically cause the reactor to shut down, preventing damage to the reactor, and making any disaster avoidable.

A Better Process

The StarCore Small Modular Reactor (SMR) uses a unique type of nuclear fuel called TRISO fuel. Each fuel particle is wrapped in three layers of protective graphite and ceramic materials. This shell prevents the fuel from melting, even under the most extreme heat conditions.