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2017

May. 16
Lecture by IRID Executive Director Atsufumi Yoshizawa at ICAPP 2017 (April 28, 2017)
Apr. 17
[R&D TOPICS] Study on Fuel Debris Retrieval Method: “Reactor Pressure Vessel 1/1 Scale Model Test”, etc. [Development by Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy] (April 2017)
Mar. 23
Mr. Kuwabara, General Manager of R&D Strategy Planning Department, Delivering Lecture, [KAST Educational Seminar: “Starting with ‘Decommissioning’ as a New Step”] (March 14, 2017)
Mar. 22
[R&D TOPICS] Development of “Flexible Structure Arm (Muscular Robot)” and Remote Operation Technology for Fuel Debris Retrieval [Developed by HITACHI GE Nuclear Energy] (March 2017)
Mar. 21
[R&D TOPICS] Development of “Robot Arm / Access Rail”; Testing of device for access inside the pedestal [Developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)] (March, 2017)
Feb. 17
Mr. Naoaki Okuzumi, Senior Manager of R&D Strategy Planning Department, Delivering Lecture [Iwaki Manufacturing Academy, The 3rd Decommissioning Course] (February 9, 2017)
Feb. 9
Mr. Atsufumi Yoshizawa, Executive Director of IRID, Delivers Presentation at National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College (January 28, 2017)
Feb. 7
[R&D TOPICS] Development of Robot “PMORPH” for Investigation inside Unit 1 Primary Containment Vessel (PCV) (Investigation outside Pedestal Basement: B2 Investigation) [Developed by IRID and Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy] (February 3, 2017)
Jan. 31
Small Workshop Held with Tokyo Institute of Technology (January 20, 2017)

2016

Dec. 6
Mr. Atsufumi Yoshizawa, Executive Director of IRID, Delivers Lecture at Nagoya University (November 26, 2016)
Dec. 1
[R&D TOPICS] Full-scale Testing of Technology for Repairing PCV Leakage Points Full-scale Testing of Strengthening Technology for Suppression Chamber (S/C) Support Columns [IRID/Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy] (November 29, 2016)
Nov. 28
Booth Display at ‘Robot Festa Fukushima’ (November 19, 2016)
Nov. 15
Participation in ‘Science Agora 2016’ (November 5-6, 2016)
Nov. 7
Mr. Naoaki Okuzumi, Senior Manager of IRID’s R&D Planning Department, Delivers Lecture at National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College (October 27, 2016)
Oct. 31
【R&D TOPICS】Development of “Laser Gouging Technology” for Fuel Debris [Led by Toshiba] (October 28, 2016)
Oct. 26
Mr. Hirofumi Kenda, President of IRID, Delivers Lecture for RADIEX 2016 (October 20, 2016)
Oct. 26
Mr. Atsufumi Yoshizawa, Executive Director, Delivers Lecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology. (October 14, 2016)
Oct. 18
【R&D TOPICS】Development of Repair Technology for Water Leakage Sections in PCV Testing Concrete Injection Technology for Water Leak Stoppage Treatment inside Suppression Chamber Using Full-Scale Mock-up Facility [Led by TOSHIBA]. (October 15, 2016)
Oct. 17
【R&D TOPICS】Completion of Preparation for Full-Scale Test Facility Simulating the Lower Part of the PCV and Future Test Plans (October 13, 2016)
Sep. 29
Small Workshop held in Co-operation with the Shibaura Institute of Technology (Sep. 26, 2016)
Sep. 21
Mr. Hirohisa Kuwabara, General Manager of the R&D Strategy Planning Dept., gives lecture on Nuclear Science and Technology for Decommissioning (September 15, 2016)
Sep. 21
Mr. Atsufumi Yoshizawa, Executive Director, Addresses the Atomic Energy Society of Japan 2016 Fall Meeting (September 9, 2016)
Aug. 24
IRID Symposium 2016 in Tokyo -Develop the Future for Decommissioning-
Aug. 24
The 6th Technology Advisory Committee Meeting (August 4th, 2016)
Aug. 24
Mr. Takamori, General Manager, R&D Management Department,Lectured at The Nuclear Summer School in Oarai (August 1, 2016)
Jul. 29
IRID Releases Annual Research Report for 2015.
Jun. 8
Dr. Kotoku and Mr. Ohhashi, both of Deputy General Managers, lectured at International Conference on Advancing the Global Implementation of Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Programmes. (May 23rd – May 27th, 2016)
May. 30
A leaflet “Robots” was produced to introduce robots that support decommissioning works at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
Apr. 20
【R&D TOPICS】Completed manufacturing a full-scale test device simulated the lower part of the Primary Containment Vessel (PCV) and its test plan. (April 20, 2016)
Mar. 28
Speech by Kenro Takamori, IRID General Manager, R&D Management Department at the 1st Conference for R&D Initiative on Nuclear Decommissioning Technology by the Next Generation (NDEC)(March 16, 2016)
Mar. 28
Speech by Hirohisa Kuwahara, IRID General Manager, R&D Strategy Planning Department at the 9th Student Research Presentation Meeting hosted by the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Kanto-Koetsu Office (March 11, 2016)
Mar. 11
The 5th Technology Advisory Committee Meeting (Mar.1, 2016)
Mar. 11
Industry-University Cooperation Exchange Meeting with the Shibaura Institute of Technology (Feb. 29, 2016)
Feb. 18
【R&D TOPICS】Improved Robot for Investigation inside the Primary Containment Vessel (Scorpion Robot) [Developed by TOSHIBA CORPORATION] (Feb. 18, 2016)
Feb. 17
Small workshop at the University of Tsukuba (Feb 9, 2016)
Feb. 17
Lecture by Mr. Kiyoshi Oikawa, Director of IRID, entitled “International Workshop on the Use of Robotic Technologies at Nuclear Facilities” (Feb. 3, 2016)
Jan. 15
The third International Advisors meeting was held on December 2-4, 2015.

2015

Dec. 16
【R&D TOPICS】Development of decontamination equipment for upper floors of the reactor building at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Dec.16, 2015)
Dec. 14
Participation in the International Robot Exhibition 2015 —Exhibition of Decommissioning Robots and Lecture by IRID Director Kiyoshi Oikawa—(Dec. 2-5, 2015)
Dec. 10
Lecture Delivered by Mr. Kiichi Suganuma, Executive Director of IRID at the Fifth World Engineering Conference and Convention (Dec.1, 2015)
Dec. 3
Visiting Lecture at Koriyama City Tomita Junior High School (Nov. 25, 2015)
Nov. 24
Participation in Science Agora 2015 (Nov. 14-15, 2015)-Introduction of Robots for Nuclear Decommissioning and Announcement of IRID’s R&D Achievements-
Nov. 12
Exhibition at an IRID booth at the Robot Festa Fukushima 2015 (Nov. 3, 2015)
Nov. 10
Lecture by Tetsuo Kotoku, IRID Deputy General Manager, R&D Strategy Planning Department at 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2015) (Oct. 2, 2015)
Oct. 14
【R&D TOPICS】[Videos] Operations Training for Investigation inside the Primary Containment Vessel (PCV) at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS) Unit 2 and Equipment for Preliminary Investigation inside the Pedestal and Deposit Removal Equipment (Oct. 14, 2015)
Oct. 9
Report on IRID’s R&D Achievements at 2015 Fall Meeting of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (Sept. 11, 2015)
Sep. 10
【R&D TOPICS】Development and Utilization of Dry Ice Blast Decontamination Equipment for High Places (Sept. 8, 2015)
Sep. 9
The 33-rd Annual Conference of the Robotics Society of Japan (Sept. 3-5, 2015)
Jul. 29
Lecture by IRID President Hirofumi Kenda at RADIEX2015 (Jul. 15-17, 2015)
Jul. 29
The 12th Scientific Lecture Meeting of the Japan Society of Maintenology (Jul. 13 -15, 2015)
Jul. 23
IRID Symposium 2015 in Fukushima - Create a Path to Decommissioning “Approaching Molten Fuel Debris” -
Jun. 30
IRID member Toshiba has released the video of A Robot Developed to Investigate PCV Interiors of Fukushima Daiichi Unit No.2 on YouTube.
May. 28
【R&D TOPICS】Training on use of ‘TEMBO’ equipment to remove shielding blocks and iron plates now underway (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries)
May. 18
An unprecedented challenge Robots obtain crucial information on conditions inside the Fukushima Reactor (May 18, 2015)
May. 12
Lectures by IRID Director Kiyoshi Oikawa and Deputy Manager Yasuaki Miyamoto at the German-Japanese Symposium on Technological and Educational Resources for the Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities (April 21, 2015)
Apr. 27
Lecture by Takashi Sato, General Manager of IRID R&D Management Department [2nd Japan-U.S. Decommissioning and Remediation Fukushima Recovery Forum] (Apr. 9, 2015)
Apr. 23
Survey Device (Shape-changing Robot) Deployed to Inspect Interior of Primary Containment Vessel (PCV)  (April 20, 2015)
Apr. 9
The Final Report of the Conceptual Study of Innovative Approach for Fuel Debris Retrieval and Feasibility Study of Essential Technologies [Released on April 9]
Apr. 2
The 4th Technology Advisory Committee Meeting (Mar. 24, 2015)
Apr. 2
IRID member Toshiba has released the video of the measurement device using muon scattering method and the developer interview on YouTube.
Mar. 25
Lecture by Kazuhito Yokoi, General Manager of the IRID Development Planning Office [The 4th University-Industry Cooperation Forum at University of Aizu] (Mar. 2, 2015)
Feb. 26
German-Japanese Symposium on “Technological and Educational Resources for the Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities”
Feb. 25
The Progress Report of the Conceptual Study of Innovative Approach for Fuel Debris Retrieval and Feasibility Study of Essential Technologies [Released on February 24]
Feb. 24
Lecture by IRID Executive Director Kiichi Suganuma at the Chubu Atomic Industrial Conference (Feb. 13, 2015)
Feb. 12
【R&D TOPICS】Commencement of Reactor Interior Survey Using ‘Muon Transmission Method’
Feb. 6
Robot development of IRID is available on TEPCO’s Website.
Jan. 20
【R&D TOPICS】Muon measuring instrument production for ‘muon transmission method’ and its review by international experts.

2014

Dec. 17
Guest Lecture by IRID’s Kazuhito Yokoi at National Institute of Technology, Oyama College (Dec. 8, 2014)
Dec. 17
Lecture Delivered by IRID Director Kiyoshi Oikawa at the Regular Meeting of the Iwaki Association of Corporate Executives. (Dec. 5, 2014)
Nov. 28
The 2nd International Advisors Meeting (Nov. 17-19, 2014)
Nov. 28
Participation of the workshop ‘Decommissioning Basic Research: Human resource development program’ hosted by MEXT (FY2014)
Nov. 12
Lecture Delivered by IRID Director Kiyoshi Oikawa at the 4th ‘NEXT 30 Study Group’ research seminar (Oct. 29, 2014)
Nov. 4
Development status of equipment for internal PCV investigation [TOSHIBA] (Aug.19, 2014)
Oct. 29
The small remote controlled decontamination unit ‘RACCOON’ developed by IRID member ATOX won the Award of Excellence in the public / special environment robot category at the 6th Robot Awards (sponsored by METI and The Japan Machinery Federation).
Oct. 24
President of IRID, Mr. Kenda gave a speech [WRFPM2014] (Sep. 14-17, 2014)
Oct. 3
Result of adoption for subsidized project operating entities ; Request for Proposal (RFP) for Conceptual Study of Innovative Approach for Fuel Debris Retrieval and Feasibility Study of Essential technologies
Oct. 1
IRID reported our R&D status and achievements at 2014 Fall Meetings of Atomic Energy Society of Japan held at Kyoto University in September 2014.
Oct. 1
We made the brochure “IRID 2014” to provide the overview of IRID.
Aug. 20
【R&D TOPICS】To investigate the position of fuel in reactor using cosmic ray muon, a preparatory test for designing a measuring system was conducted at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
Aug. 12
Robots working inside the buildings at Fukushima Daiichi NPS (Part III) Swimming robot & Crawling robot
Jul. 30
Robots working inside the buildings at Fukushima Daiichi NPS (Part II) MHI-MEISTeR
Jul. 11
【R&D TOPICS】Long-term storage of secondary radioactive waste resulting from contaminated water treatment
Jul. 8
Robots working inside the buildings at Fukushima Daiichi NPS Rosemary & Sakura
Jun. 25
Registration for the IRID Annual Symposium 2014 is now available.
Jun. 19
IRID Annual Symposium 2014 were uploaded.
Jun. 12
Development Status of PCV Leakage Investigation Devices (Toshiba) (May 16, 2014)
May. 30
【R&D TOPICS】Progress status of “PCV lower-section repair technology” test
May. 29
Uploaded English ver. of computer graphics of the Submersion method.
May. 20
Preliminary Test for “Water Stoppage Method” by Grouting into the Vent Pipe (Apr. 17, 2014)
May. 9
【R&D TOPICS】Evaluation of the Distribution of On-Site Radioactive Nuclides by Radiochemical Analysis of Standing Trees
Apr. 24
【R&D TOPICS】Ongoing Development of “Submergible Crawling Swimming Robot” and “Shape-changing Robot”
Apr. 21
The 2nd Technology Advisory Committee Meeting (Mar. 26, 2014)
Apr. 15
Workshop for R&D on Innovative Approach for Fuel Debris Retrieval will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 in Tokyo.
Mar. 10
Press conference held at the Japan National Press Club by the President of IRID, Dr. Yamana (Mar. 7, 2014)
Mar. 6
【R&D TOPICS】"MEISTeR" Remote Control Robot Completes Demonstration Testing at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
Feb. 28
Finnish Delegation Visited (Feb. 6, 2014)
Feb. 28
The 2nd International Expert Group (IEG) meeting
Feb. 19
Summary of responses to the RFI were uploaded.

2013

Dec. 13
"Terms & Conditions of RFI for Innovative Approach for Fuel Debris Retrieval" was announced.
Nov. 29
Webpages of "RFI for Innovative Approach for Fuel Debris Retrieval" were launched.
Nov. 15
Responses to the RFI on contaminated water issues were compiled and reported to the Japanese government's Committee on Countermeasures for Contaminated Water Treatment.
Oct. 25
Request for Information (RFI) on contaminated water issues was closed and the overview of results was presented to the Japanese government's Committees on Contaminated Water Treatment. Thank you very much for your cooperation.