Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TEPCO Company launches recycling system of radioactive water

The company TEPCO, operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, set up a system to recycle water that floods the highly radioactive core and reuse it to cool the reactors. After several days of testing today against the operators reactivated the system, which had been stalled by technical problems for ten days, just five hours after its launch.

A TEPCO spokesman said the proper functioning of the device to treat the liquid is "a step to solve the great unfinished business", ie the accumulation of more than 110 tons of highly contaminated water at the nuclear plant. "Once to stabilize the system and we can solve the problem of contaminated water can increase the amount injected into the reactors to cool them further, "he added.

In recent days the technicians had reduced the flow to cool the battered units 1, 2 and 3 in order to prevent more fluid from accumulating radioactive plant, as it is feared it to drain to the outside, helped by strong rains this season. In the process of decontamination, water travels a total of four miles to a tank through the cleaning device, with U.S.

technology company and France's Areva Kurion. Of being stable, the system will allow 13 of the 16 cubic meters of water per hour to shed the three reactors are "recycled", ie coming from the contaminated liquid that drowns the plant and can be reused. Once proper operation is confirmed, the system will be a breakthrough to restore the cooling of the reactor and carry the state of cold shutdown in January 2012, as TEPCO plans.

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