The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster is now seen to have cost taxpayers up to ¥218.2 billion, (£1.47bn) substantially larger than the previous estimate of ¥126.4 billion (£0.85bn), the Board of Audit said Friday. The board made the latest estimate after the government adopted a Cabinet decision in December 2016 to raise the upper financial assistance limit from ¥9 trillion to ¥13.5 trillion for Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which suffered a triple meltdown after being hit by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011. The government is borrowing funds from financial institutions for delivery to Tepco through a public-private body to help pay compensation and other costs related to the disaster.
Japan Times 24th March 2018 read more »
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is leading a team to develop unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology to fly into the containment vessels of the damaged units at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan and assess conditions. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Incorporated (TEPCO Holdings) contracted SwRI to explore the use of UAS, or drones, within the containment. Working with the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) School of Engineering and Applied Science, SwRI engineers are helping adapt small drones to autonomously operate within the containment. SwRI Intelligent Systems Division senior research engineer Monica Garcia said: “This is a formidable challenge.
Energy Business Review 23rd March 2018 read more »