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Boat-type Submersible Access Devices to Investigate Interiors of PCV at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station[Developed by Hitachi GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. in 2019]


For the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS), owned by the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO), the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) has developed the boat-type submersible access devices and small-type remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to investigate the details of the Unit 1 primary containment vessel (PCV) at the Fukushima Daiichi NPS. Here, IRID introduces line-up of the devices.

 These devices are the results of a subsidy project on decommissioning and contaminated water management in the fiscal year of 2017 of the Development of Technologies for Detailed Investigation inside PCV (onsite-demonstration of detailed investigation technologies considering management of deposits), which is granted by the Agency of Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).




An Operation Confirmation Test for a Robot Arm and Access Rail: Element Technology for Retrieving Fuel Debris using a Partial Submersion Side-Access Method.[Developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.]


Fuel debris retrieval in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is planned to start with a small-scale retrieval. As the review of the retrieval work, conducted flexibly on the basis of fuel debris properties and new findings obtained from the work experience, progresses, the scale of retrieval will be increased.A robot arm and access rail have been developed as one of element technologies for retrieving fuel debris using a partial submersion side-access method. These have been created to be used as the scale of fuel debris retrieval expands.