Japan : AREVA Develops Two Innovative Solutions for Contamination Monitoring
PARIS -- December 10, 2012
AREVA (Paris:AREVA), together with its Japanese partner Chiyoda Technol
Corporation, has developed a Field Monitoring Vehicle (FMV) allowing fast and
detailed contamination mapping of exposed areas. This vehicle has successfully
achieved the testing phases and is nowavailable for an utilization by
Fukushima authorities and the response team working in the region.
The FMV consists of a tractor and its trailer with an ambient dose rate probe
and a device to measure ground contamination onboard. Contamination data are
recorded together with GPS data, enabling precise mapping of the activity of
the areas monitored. Field tests have been performed in Japan for several
weeks leading to a recent final demonstration to end-users close to the so
called “20km area”.
In addition, together with Japanese partners Atox and Pasco, AREVA is
developing an unmanned helicopter dedicated to the monitoring of contamination
in forest areas. Combining the engineering skills of AREVA, the mapping
expertise of Pasco and Atox’s practical capability for ground monitoring, the
helicopter will allow to map the levels of contamination in regions that are
inaccessible to man or ground vehicles.
“These two new developments for establishing a detailed contamination mapping
of exposed areas, illustrate once again that AREVA is committed to continue to
contribute to the rehabilitation of the Fukushima region and to remain a
strategic partner of Japan’s nuclear industry”, said Luc Oursel, AREVA’s CEO,
during his visit to Japan.
AREVA supplies solutions for power generation with less carbon. Its expertise
and unwavering insistence on safety, security, transparency and ethics are
setting the standard, and its responsible development is anchored in a process
of continuous improvement.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA’s unique integrated
offering to utilities covers every stage of the fuel cycle, nuclear reactor
design and construction, and related services. The group is also expanding its
operations to renewable energies – wind, solar, bioenergies, hydrogen and
storage – to be one of the leaders in this sector worldwide.
With these two major offers, AREVA’s 48,000 employees are helping to supply
ever safer, cleaner and more economical energy to the greatest number of
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