Toshiba's wrecking-bot will dismantle Fukushima
The Japanese authorities plans to start disassembling elements of the Fukushima-Daiichi energy plant subsequent yr, starting with the removing of some 566 gasoline rods from the crippled quantity three reactor. However quite than ship human technicians into the radiation-soaked reactor (and sure dying), Toshiba unveiled on Monday a distant managed robotic that may do it for us.
The robotic is designed to take a seat on the floor of the cooling pool the place it should use a pair of manipulators to select up the broken rods whereas a 3rd arm chops the rods into extra manageable items. As soon as all of the rods are safely eliminated, Toshiba engineers determine that the quantity of radiation in reactor three, ought to start to strategy 1 millisievert per hour — nonetheless too excessive for people to endure for lengthy-durations of time however at the very least higher than it’s now.
This is not the primary robotic Toshiba has constructed particularly to assist clear up the aftermath of the Fukushima meltdown. The corporate debuted a mechanized quadruped in 2012 designed to behave as a ahead scout for the restore efforts. The truth is, the Fukushima catastrophe has spawned various unique technological options — from ice partitions to dam the plant’s irradiated water to subatomic particle maps of the busted reactor core. Let’s simply hope they do not should resort to Coppelion.