IM3 OnSpec at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

As regular subscribers to Inuktun’s on TRACK blog and quarterly newsletter, you have already read about Inuktun’s robots being utilized for decommissioning projects at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

In case you missed it, a specialized Inuktun miniature crawler is being mobilized to deliver high radiation video and lighting systems into the pedestal area under one of the reactors. The project, led by Toshiba, was developed under IRID (International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning) – a group that targets the expansion of fundamental technology for retrieval of fuel debris and reactor internals.

Recently, IRID published an article on the full-scale testing of technology for repairing the Primary Containment Vessel (PCV) leakage points and strengthening technology for suppression chamber support columns. Both Hitachi and Toshiba have recently designed new robots to overcome the environmental challenges in these areas (radiation levels and navigation problems), and both have been using Inuktun’s crawler technology.

Hitachi’s robot, based on our Microtrac™ crawler modules, entered the pipe in a linear shape and then “morphed” into a U shape creating a traditional, steerable system. Toshiba, instead, designed a robot named Scorpio utilizing a customized NanoMag™ vehicle that incorporated specialized cameras and lights. Click here to see a short movie demonstrating the system capability.

Despite all the work done to date, the cleanup and remediation of the Fukushima site will continue for the foreseeable future. We’re pleased to be able to offer our Multi-Mission Modular (IM3) technology to assist with these remote inspection and analysis projects. Contact us today to learn how Inuktun’s robotic systems, modules and remotely operated cameras can work for your remote inspection and remediation needs.