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Swimming robot to probe damage at Japan nuclear plant

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:06 pm

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The developers say they plan to send the new "mini manbo," or "little sunfish," probe into the primary containment vessel of Unit 3 at Fukushima in July to study the extent of damage and locate parts of melted fuel thought to have fallen to the bottom of the chamber, submerged by highly radioactive water.

"The major advantage is it can avoid various obstacles," said Tsutomu Takeuchi, a senior manager at the nuclear energy division of Toshiba, the electronics and energy company charged with helping clean up the plant.

Japan hopes to locate and start removing fuel from the reactors after Tokyo's 2020 Olympics.

IRID director Hirotsugu Fujiwara said the biggest challenge is to figure out how to remove melted debris. He's keen to finally see conditions inside Unit 3. "I feel we are finally at the starting line of decommissioning," he said.

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