Work has begun towards implementing a way to remove the melted fuel at Fukushima Daiichi. It was reported earlier this week that plans to flood the containment structures has been scrapped.
Kurion began showing off their new robot that will be sent to Daiichi to work in the basement torus room from a location on the first floor. CNN reports it will start by assisting with the effort in unit 2 to determine the torus leak location. It is expected to begin work late summer. Kurion is working with IHI on the project as Kurion explains further here. The robot project has a considerable similarity to our proposal to IRID for torus room fuel retrieval. This animation shows how the Kurion robot works.
Mitsubishi Research Institute is also now soliciting proposals to do research work on the viability of various fuel debris retrieval and storage solutions. The IRID submissions for concepts on how to deal with the melted fuel are listed here.
As more efforts take place, TEPCO is less and less in the picture.
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