Dry ice vacuum cleaner robot bound for Fukushima

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    badsey3

    This is a great start and something positive to talk about in regards to radiation.

    Very good for decontamination of materials and equipment but a hovercraft type vehicle is almost needed to go over terrain and capture these radio-active particles.

  • -2

    Kimokekahuna Hawaii

    who is going to clean the machine.. and add dry ice every half hour.. why dont they let prisoners volunteer to do some clean up.. where does radiation go.. it does not just evaporate... it must blow downwind.. I know of a ranch where people from Sendai can come in Hawaii if they have skills and want to get out of this crazy place for a while..

  • 4

    semperfi

    Kimokekahuna Hawaii - Just to break it down for you : Prisoners are HUMAN BEINGS and are affected by radiation, just like you would be. .......................... A Robot (on the other hand) is a machine so it can take all kinds of exposure. .....Certainly the clean up ,restocking of dry ice, and any "waste" dsiposal would be done in quarantined places with workers fully covered............................

  • -1

    tokyo-star

    I imagine this thing moves pretty slow given the size of it. They need to connect some kind of tube to it so it can keep working, otherwise the dry ice will evaporate before it gets anywhere useful.

  • 1

    paulinusa

    I hope it's effective, but does it really work or is it just another Japanese gadget soon to be forgotten.

  • 1

    JeffLee

    where does radiation go

    In the local rivers, of course. That's where the contractors have been dumping it, in case you missed the Asahi article.

    just another Japanese gadget soon to be forgotten.

    Just another excuse not to buy foreign technology, and waste time and money in the process.

  • 0

    Yubaru

    where does radiation go.. it does not just evaporate... it must blow downwind..

    From the article if you read it....

    The caterpillar-tracked device blasts dry ice—frozen CO2—against floors and walls, evaporating and carrying radioactive substances with it, engineers said. The nozzle also sucks up the resulting gases.

  • 0

    smithinjapan

    Yubaru: Yes, it says the robot sucks up the gases via the nozzle, but it doesn't say where the radiation will end up as a result, hence the 'local rivers' joke up above, I believe.

    Anyway, sounds like they've got a lot of work to do before these robots can achieve their intended purpose, but it's a good start.

  • 0

    zichi

    The radiation levels at many locations inside the atomic plant remains dangerously high. Workers were able to remove the debris from the top floors of the No4 reactor because the reactor was empty when the disaster struck. Different story removing the debris from the No3 reactor with dangerous radiation levels and can only be done with remote controlled cranes and cutters. The radiation levels inside reactors No1&2 remains very high, and already three robots were fried inside there. The radiation level in the reactor basements is measure in single digits but also in sieverts/hour. The removed of the melted fuel, if its to happen will involve the use of robots.

    TEPCO will need many kinds of robots, especially ones that don't get fried with the radiation.

  • 0

    svidetic@gmail.com

    Converter.sunlight into electricity - heat is possible.radioactive rays into electricity is possible.if you need a converter, you would have developed

  • 1

    wanderlust

    Marginally less ridiculous than the Japanese Mayor who claimed that burning radioactive materials destroyed the radiation!

    And having seen the stairwells, doorways and corridors inside Japanese NPPs, and considering that many are still full of rubble and steel, this robot, if it even works on site, will have a tough job getting around.

  • -1

    Ichiro20

    This is a very awesome invention.

  • 2

    Open Minded

    About 20*20 km have been heavily contaminated, i.e. 400,000,000 sqm. That is to say it will take 22,800 years to decontaminate it for one robot, assuming flat and clear area. What a progress!

  • 2

    Open Minded

    Bottom line: don't waste engineering resources to clean up this cr%&*#p but use it to develop energy saving, conservation, ... so that we can minimize NPP and non renewable energy sources.

  • 0

    kurisupisu

    As the reactors have melted cores which continue to emit radiation this machine is as much use as a band aid on a severed head....

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