One of the largest challenges in the effort to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi disaster site is developing robotic technology to remove melted fuel. Radiation levels in certain areas of the reactors and reactor buildings remain so high that they damage electronics and components. Research has been ongoing through IRID and JAEA to attempt to develop new materials and technologies that can withstand the extremely high radiation levels near the melted fuel.
A workshop is being conducted in Iwaki in April, 2016 to connect interested international parties with the existing research done to date. It appears to be an effort to have more researchers join in to trying to solve this problem quickly.
Research efforts so far have looked to existing technology used in space programs, fiber optics and alternative materials to try to work around the high radiation challenges.
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