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Booth Display at ‘Robot Festa Fukushima’ (November 19, 2016)
~R&D for the Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS) and Introduction of Robots Developed by four IRID Companies~

IRID and member companies; Hitachi GE, Toshiba, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and ATOX displayed booths at ‘Robot Festa Fukushima 2016’ held on November 19, 2016.

Despite the rain, the ‘Robot Festa Fukushima 2016’ attracted over 7,200 visitors (according to the organizer). This number is around twice the number who attended the previous year: the many fans and families also attracted to the ‘Aerospace Festa’ that was held at the same time. Many of these visitors visited the IRID booth.

The IRID booth featured a panel exhibition outlining R&D being conducted by IRID for the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS. In addition, four decontamination robots were exhibited and demonstrated (some only partially), attracting a high degree of interest among visitors.

[Robot Festa Fukushima 2016]
Date and time: November 19 (Sat) 2016, 9:30-16:00
Place: Big Palette Fukushima (Koriyama city, Fukushima Prefecture)
Organizer: Fukushima Prefecture
Corporate sponsors: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), IRID, etc.

[Robots Exhibited by IRID]
1. Hitachi GE: Exhibition and demonstration of ‘Shape-changing Robot’ developed for
investigating inside the PCV of Unit 1 Fukushima Daiichi NPS
2. Toshiba: Exhibition and video introduction of ‘Device for Investigation Inside the PCV’
(known as the ‘Scorpion Robot’), this device is used to investigate inside the PCV of
Unit 2 Fukushima Daiichi NPS
3. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI): Exhibition and demonstration of ‘Sakura 2’
(explosion-proof specification), a robot that collects information from the surrounding
environment at disaster sites with high travelling performance.
4. ATOX: Exhibition and demonstration of ‘Tank Cleaning Device’, a robot developed to remove
accumulated deposits at the bottom of the flange tank installed at the Fukushima Daiichi
Nuclear Power Station (NPS) by remote operation under water.

IRID is committed to delivering easy-to-understand R&D information at future events.

  • [Photos] Click image to enlarge.


  • Tape cutting at opening ceremony

  • Presentation of MHI’s ‘Sakura 2’ (explosion-proof specification) for guests


  • Demonstration of the ATOX cleaning devise for the bottom of the tank


  • Presentation of Hitachi GE’s shape-changing robot <Photo>


  • Presentation of Toshiba’s Scorpion Robot


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