Rise of the machines: Hitachi joins robot race to dismantle Fukushima ruins
Its two-pincer manipulator can lift loads up to 300 kilograms. The robotic arms can also be equipped with tools like an electric saw.
Hitachi said it may deploy the lifter at the plant next year.
Screenshot from YouTube user Kazumichi MoriyamaEarlier, major Japanese robot manufacturer Toshiba created a radiation-shielded machine for use inside Fukushima's radioactive zones. In a somewhat jerky demo last month, Toshiba showcased the four-legged stair-walking robot to the media. Unlike Hitachi’s creation, Toshiba’s robot is not meant for heavy lifting.
Screenshot from YouTube user Kazumichi MoriyamaThe Fukushima nuclear plant was destroyed in 2011 by a powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the worst-ever disaster of its kind in Japan.
The disaster prompted a number of nations worldwide to shelve the use of nuclear energy, including European powerhouse Germany and Japan itself.
Image from a Hitachi presentation