December 12, 2017

Robot enters Fukushima reactor no.2 building

It looks a bit like a science fair project, but the packbot is doing a fantastic job in Japan.

A US built “Packbot” robot probe has entered the No. 2 reactor building of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

It had found ‘sauna’ like conditions of up to 41 degrees Celcius and humidity levels of 94-99 percent.

Finally there was some good news though for the beleagured Tokyo Electric Power Company management. The robot took radiation readings and found the levels were lower than the other reactor buildings entered so far. Radiation levels in the No.2 reactor were only 10 percent of the amount found in the No. 1 and No. 3 reactor buildings on Sunday.

What that does mean is that workers may be able to enter the building for short periods to carry out assessments and repair work.

It is not all good news for reactor No.2 as thousands of tons of water is thought to be leaking from the reactor and filling the basement of its turbine plant and utility tunnels.

Robots might be wonderful at going places that humans cannot, but the one that entered the No.2 reactor suffered from something that all wearers of glasses will sympathise with – foggy lenses.

The sauna like conditions fogged the robots camera lenses, forcing the operators to withdraw it after only a few minutes.