Japanese robots working to clean debris from Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3

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Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Debris Removal Operations - June 20 2014

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been using heavy duty remove control decontamination robots to conduct debris removal operations at the Unit 3 reactor building.

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Debris Removal Operations - June 20 2014b

Radiation levels inside of the reactor building prevent workers from carrying out the operations directly.

Meister Robot - Mitsubishi
MEISTeR Robot – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Photos released this week show the MEISTeR robot designed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which is equipped with a suction apparatus for cleaning the floors of the reactor building and the ASTACO-SoRa robot designed by Hitachi.

MEISTeR Robot Operating Unit - Mitsubishi
MEISTeR Robot Operating Unit – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

The MEISTeR robot cleans debris with its suction equipment which is collected in dust collection drums by the operating unit, which is located in the Main Anti-Earthquake Building.

ASTACO-SoRa robot - Hitachi
ASTACO-SoRa robot – Hitachi

The ASTACO-SoRa robot is used to remove pieces of concrete from the reactor building which were displaced by the explosion, drums, nitrogen cylinders, and other highly radioactive debris from the floors of the reactor building.

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