New technology put together right here in the Tri-Cities is ready to be shipped to Japan to help filter radioactive material out of water in Fukushima.
It took three months to engineer and build the new Kurion Mobile Processing System at HiLine Engineering near the Richland Airport.
Kurion is a company that focuses on the safe and permanent disposal of nuclear waste.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster took place on March 11, 2011 when a tsunami hit the nuclear plant resulting in a meltdown of several reactors in the plant.
Nuclear waste began to leak into the water.
John Raymont, Founder and President of Kurion, said a number of cracks in the plant has caused flooding and that water is now being stored in tank farms.
The purpose of this processing system is to remove strontium from the 400,000 tons of water in order to recycle the water.
Water enters the first skid in a hose that is 4 inches in diameter; that hose is also technology used in clean-up efforts at Hanford.
The water is first treated, then going into the second skid large particles are removed and in the third skid a finer filtration system is used.
In the very last skid, the water is softened where the remaining strontium ultimately dissolves.
Local engineers and scientists working on clean-up at the Hanford Nuclear Site assisted in putting this mobile processing system together.
Local businesses, including welders and shops also came together to help in this effort.
The system will be taken by truck to Seattle on July 9th and be shipped to Japan the following day, on the world's largest aircraft Antonov.
A commissioning team from Kurion will teach the Japanese how to use the new system.
It will be tested away the Fukushima site then placed at the site.
One of the skids in the system is the brains of the entire operation.
In that room, the computer systems will go back and forth between English and Japanese.
Engineers here in the U.S. will be able to control the system by remote.
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