Robots are dying to save Fukushima so people don’t have to
The robots remain the only hope of decommissioning the devastated nuclear reactors.
Five years after the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, radiation levels remain so high that some cleanup robots that took years to build are dying before they can carry out their tasks, Newsweek reports.
The robots are built by well-known companies like Toshiba, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, BMW and the U.S.-based firm iRobot.
Experts say that more than 100 types of robots are active at Fukushima, including scores of modifications on a handful of basic designs. They’ve been likened to scorpions, snakes, giraffes and amphibians. They fly, walk, crawl and make underwater maneuvers, braving dust, debris and doses of radiation that could kill a human being.
The decommissioning process, which plant operator Tepco has already estimated, will take decades and cost at least $15 billion.
Source: The Huffington Post
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