TEPCO starts removing fuel rods from Fukushima nuclear plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has begun the slow and delicate process of removing fuel rods from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, starting with reactor four. The 1,500 fuel rods contained within reactor four’s storage pool are expected to be removed by the end of 2014. They will be taken out using a crane in […]

New ceramic nuclear part ‘could prevent more Fukushimas’

American scientists say swapping a building material used in nuclear power reactors could prevent accidents like the triple blow-out at Fukushima power plant in Japan. Researchers at MIT claim that replacing the metal cladding around fuel rods in water-cooled nuclear reactors with a special ceramic could cut the risk of explosion. At Fukushima in 2011, […]