A government body advising on decommissioning of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says removal of molten fuel should start in the facility's No.2 reactor.
Three of the plant's reactors suffered meltdowns in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Fuel debris is believed to lie at the bottom of their containment vessels.
Toyota has decided to halt sales of fuel cell vehicles in Norway after a hydrogen refueling station exploded earlier this week. The company that operated the station has also suspended operations at all of its other locations after the explosion. Hyundai has had a similar response to Toyota, it has temporarily stopped selling its fuel cell vehicles as well.
Even before electric cars become widely known as the one true alternative to combustion vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell technology has been regarded as one of the possible alternatives. However, such vehicles aren’t all that popular, largely due to the efficiency of the powertrain itself and longstanding concerns about the potential safety risks of using liquid hydrogen.
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has transferred the first batch of nuclear fuel from one of the damaged reactor buildings to a storage facility.
Each of the plant's reactor buildings has a fuel storage pool inside, separate from the reactors that suffered meltdowns.
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began removing nuclear fuel rods from a storage pool in one of the damaged reactor buildings on Monday.
This is the first time Tokyo Electric Power Company has removed fuel from any of the three buildings housing reactors that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan in 2011.
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun removing nuclear fuel from a storage pool inside one of the damaged reactor buildings at the complex.
This is the first time for Tokyo Electric Power Company to remove fuel from any of the three buildings housing reactors that underwent meltdowns after the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan about eight years ago.