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News Picks : Robot designed to help clean up Fukushima reactor

By: Physics Today
Tue Jan 19 11:45:00 UTC 2016
IEEE Spectrum: Although it’s been almost half a decade since the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, radiation levels are still too high in certain areas of the nuclear power plant for human workers to decontaminate the facility and clean up the radioactive waste. In order to remove 566 fuel-rod assemblies from the spent fuel pool in the reactor 3 building, Toshiba Corp has designed a remote-controlled, crane-like machine that can be lowered into the water. The robot has several arms to pick up and cut debris and cameras to allow workers to watch and control it. The company expects the machine to begin operations by 2017.

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