TEPCO announced they have started a new reverse osmosis system to filter contaminated water. Based on the tank labels, the new system appears to have been constructed by Hitachi/GE.
From TEPCO’s handout to the press:
• Processing operation start date: 1/10/2015
• Capacity: 500–900 m 3 per day
• Removal capacity: strontium reduces to 1/100 to1,000 (goal)
Kurion announced new work to develop a robot that could plug leaks in the reactor containment structures. The effort is a partnership with Japan’s IHI company. Kurion is not a robotics company but has been a smallish contractor in the US at government nuclear sites. Of note in the news article is how Kurion’s owner is choosing to view their disaster response work.
“The repair work by the robot would take about a year, he said. Technology developed for the clean-up operation at the nuclear plant will help in efforts to decommission facilities globally, Rood said. “The disaster has created this technology and innovation that we can then carry forward worldwide, whereas that would have been a much, much slower process otherwise,” he said.”
So far the robot is just a prototype on paper.
JAEA is in the process of building a robotic development center near the Fukushima nuclear disaster site. The facility on the edge of the 20km evacuation zone would have a mock up model of the lower reactor containment structure to use for testing equipment along with other testing facilities.
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