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by   -   March 1, 2017

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is part of a consortium which has received a £4.6 million grant to build a new generation of robots for use in nuclear sites. The funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will help develop smaller robotics technologies that will be able to operate autonomously and effectively in hazardous environments.

The European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP) and European Robotics group are partnering for a new robotics hackathon. The event will bring together roboticists and RN professionals & specialists to give a better insight into possible robotic applications for radiological and nuclear tasks. As common for software hackathons, ENRICH will contain a contest element, in which a panel of judges selects the winning teams. The main goal is to foster the development of robotic solutions for the RN domain. The trial takes place June 19 – 23 at the Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Austria.

by   -   July 4, 2011

Japan’s nuclear power authority didn’t have any emergency robots ready to assist with damage and control. Why were they caught unprepared?
The ‘safety myth’: From the NY Times: “It’s a fact that there was an unreasonable overconfidence in the technology of Japan’s nuclear power generation.”
The seniority system: Both iRobot and QinetiQ, companies that volunteered equipment to Tepco, found that senior Tepco employees were chosen to be trained to operate the robots yet they were less suited to the task than the 20-year olds who had gamer experience.

by   -   April 18, 2011

First really good video from Japan’s IDG of how robots are being used inside the Fukashima nuclear power plant and also outside for remote controlled cleanup and debris removal.
Drone video and comments from Andrew Revkin at DotEarth.



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