The UK and Japan are working together on developing new automated technologies to safely decommission old nuclear sites such as Fukushima as part of a £12 million partnership. Robotics are set to play an essential part in the time-intensive task of decommissioning legacy nuclear facilities faster in a bid to remove risk to human health. Long-reach robotic arms will be used at the Sellafield site in Cumbria, as well as the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors in Japan – which suffered a nuclear disaster in March 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed key cooling functions. The collaboration will also enable the two countries to pursue research into fusion energy – a form of low-carbon energy whereby the power of the sun is replicated on Earth.
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£12M UK-Japan robotics deal for fusion energy and nuclear decommissioning research.
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