About 200 nuclear reactors around the world will be shut down over the next quarter century, mostly in Europe, according to the International Energy Agency. That means a lot of work for the half a dozen companies that specialise in the massively complex and dangerous job of dismantling plants.
Those firms — including Areva, Rosatom’s Nukem Technologies Engineering Services, and Toshiba’s Westinghouse — are increasingly turning away from humans to do this work and instead deploying robots and other new technologies.
That is transforming an industry that until now has mainly relied on electric saws, with the most rapid advances being made in the highly technical area of dismantling a reactor’s core — the super-radioactive heart of the plant where the nuclear reactions take place.
It only costs about 1 to 4 BILLION to dismantle these toxic poison waste factories.. with nothing to show for it except radioactive trash that will take BILLIONS more to try and dispose of, all for 30 years of steam? Really? Got insanity?