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Kurion, Inc. was awarded a contract by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for a second Mobile Processing System for deployment at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site. The first system started operating at the site in early October.
“We are honored to be entrusted by TEPCO to build and deliver a second mobile system to remove strontium from the tank water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site,” said Kurion Founder and President John Raymont. “The successful performance of the first mobile processing system demonstrates that our novel, at-tank approach is effective and can help improve the safety of the site by reducing strontium levels.”
Since beginning operations in October, the first system has processed more than 11,000 metric tons of water. During this time, the system removed better than 99.95 percent of the strontium from the water.
The system will begin commissioning this week at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site and is expected to begin operations in mid-January 2015.
IRVINE, Calif. & TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear and hazardous waste management, announced it was awarded a contract by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for a second Kurion Mobile Processing System for deployment at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site. The first system started operating at the site in early October 2014 and has exceeded its performance targets during this period. Kurion recently completed construction and testing of a second system identical to the first, which arrived in Japan last week.
“The sound performance of the first Kurion Mobile Processing System demonstrates our commitment and ability to innovate and deliver effective solutions for even the most complex waste management challenges.”
“We are honored to be entrusted by TEPCO to build and deliver a second mobile system to remove strontium from the tank water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site,” said Kurion Founder and President John Raymont. “The successful performance of the first mobile processing system demonstrates that our novel, at-tank approach is effective and can help improve the safety of the site by reducing strontium levels. Our ability to deliver a system of this sophistication on an expected basis of less than three months is a tribute to our employees and fabrication partner, HiLine Engineering and Fabrication.”
Earlier this year Kurion was awarded a contract to create the first Kurion Mobile Processing System. This first-of-its-kind, at-tank mobile isotope removal system was designed to help TEPCO reduce strontium (Sr) from the hundreds of tanks on-site that contain approximately 400,000 metric tons of water, a volume that is expanding at 400 tons per day.
Since beginning operations in October, the first Kurion Mobile Processing System has processed more than 11,000 metric tons of water. During this time, the system removed better than 99.95% of the strontium from the water, surpassing decontamination targets.
“We are proud to once again be chosen to support TEPCO in its cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site,” added Kurion CEO Bill Gallo. “The sound performance of the first Kurion Mobile Processing System demonstrates our commitment and ability to innovate and deliver effective solutions for even the most complex waste management challenges.”
The second Mobile Processing System will also remove strontium and is intended to help TEPCO accelerate treatment of the water at the site. The system will begin commissioning this week at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site and is expected to begin operations in mid-January 2015.
This new project expands Kurion’s role in assisting in cleanup at the site. In 2011 Kurion played the key role in delivering the cesium removal/adsorption system as part of an unprecedented effort by an international team of leading nuclear waste management companies to quickly deliver the first-ever external reactor cooling and purification system, which continues to operate today. That system has processed about240,000 m3 (about 63 million gallons) of water and is responsible for removing nearly 70% of all cesium activity at the site to date. The company’s robotics team created a remote inspection manipulator that was sent into the Unit 2 reactor building this summer to detect leaks within the primary containment vessel. Additionally, Kurion was recently selected by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for a demonstration project of Kurion’s detritiation technology for possible use at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site.
Kurion creates technology solutions to access, separate and stabilize nuclear and hazardous waste to isolate it from the environment. Kurion’s suite of technologies and engineering capabilities offer a platform to address the most-challenging nuclear and hazardous waste sites worldwide. Founded in 2008, Kurion is backed by leading energy investors Lux Capital, Firelake Capital Management and Acadia Woods Partners. The company is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and has facilities in Richland, Wash.; Houston, Texas; Loveland, Colo.; Tokyo, Japan; and Warrington, England. For more information, please visit www.kurion.com.
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An initial system designed and built in Richland to treat contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is working so well that a second system has been ordered and shipped.
Kurion shipped the first system to remove radioactive strontium from contaminated water to Japan in July, trucking it to Seattle and then loading it into a Soviet-era Antonov An-225 Mriya, the largest cargo aircraft in the world, for the trip overseas.
Since October, the system, built and tested at HiLine Engineering and Fabrication in Richland, has processed more than 12,000 tons of contaminated water. The system removed more than 99.95 percent of the strontium in the water, surpassing decontamination targets, Kurion said.
The Tokyo Electric Power Co. awarded a contract to Kurion earlier this year to strip strontium from water after a tsunami caused the meltdown of three reactors at Fukushima in 2011.
Strontium is one of the contaminants in water stored in hundreds of tanks at the Japanese plant. When Kurion started to treat the water for strontium, more than 400 tanks stored more than 400,000 tons of water.
Each day, about 400 tons of contaminated water has been added to the tanks as groundwater has continued to flood through the cracked basement of the turbine building, and some additional water has been needed for cooling fuel.
Kurion, which had already successfully treated water to remove cesium at the Fukushima plant, developed a strontium-treatment system contained in five skids — or treatment units about the size and shape of commercial shipping containers. They can be moved from one group of Fukushima tanks to another to provide treatment.
The units include equipment for removing solids suspended in the water and ion exchange systems with a proprietary material to strip dissolved strontium from the water, similar to the system Kurion delivered earlier to strip cesium from contaminated water.
“The successful performance of the first mobile process system demonstrates that our novel, at-tank approach is effective,” said John Raymont, Kurion president and founder, in a statement.
TEPCO ordered the second system in late August and Kurion, with HiLine’s help, had it built, tested and shipped to Japan by this week. It is expected to begin treating contaminated water in about a month.
When operating, it should double the amount of water treated daily to remove strontium, helping TEPCO meet its goal of accelerating cleanup. Additional contaminants that the Kurion system is not intended to address, also have to be removed.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to have the contaminated water treated by March 15 as a step toward having significant cleanup completed by the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo.
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Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/12/10/3306389_second-system-built-in-richland.html?sp=%2F99%2F177%2F&rh=1#storylink=cpy
Hiline’s amazing work with Kurion on the Fukushima cleanup is getting some great press:
“A system designed and built in the Tri-Cities will be shipped to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan next month to remove radioactive strontium from contaminated water.
Kurion was awarded a contract by the Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, to help it reduce the amount of strontium in hundreds of tanks storing wastewater near the reactor. Some of the water has leaked or spilled into the ground.
The contract requires that Kurion move rapidly to set up a system that can process up to 300 tons of contaminated water per day.
The new system builds on the company’s successful work to strip radioactive cesium from water at the Japanese plant after a tsunami three years ago caused the meltdown of three reactors.
Initially, cesium presented the greatest immediate threat to human safety and the environment, said John Raymont, Kurion founder and president. But with cesium being removed from contaminated water, strontium, which also is present in large quantities, presents the next most serious radioactive threat.
It is one of the contaminants in more than 400 tanks storing about 400,000 tons of contaminated water near the reactor. Each day about 400 tons of water are added to the tanks. The water comes from groundwater that continues to flood through the cracked basement of the turbine building and water used to cool fuel in the damaged reactors.
Kurion has developed a system of five skids — treatment units contained in boxes about the size and shape of commercial shipping containers — that can be moved from one group of five tanks to another to provide treatment.
“It’s highly mobile, portable and shippable,” said Troy Stokes, the owner of HiLine in Richland, which is building the system for Kurion.
At the HiLine yard, a generator hums to power the skids with the same voltage and power phase that will be used at the Fukushima plant.
The skids are lined up there as they are fabricated to be put through their paces and tested, labeled with signs in both Japanese and English.
They include units for operating the system and performing chemistry work with the contaminated water before sending it through a series of filters. They start by removing solids suspended in the water. The final unit holds ion exchange systems with a proprietary material to strip dissolved strontium from the water, similar to the system used to strip cesium from the water.
A smaller-scale prototype system was shipped to Japan two months ago to be used for testing and training workers.”
Washington State University, Tri-Cities and Work Source held a career fair Thursday at the school’s Consolidated Information Center in Richland.
We joined nearly 50 employers at the fair networking with job seekers. Troy Stokes, President, performed actual interviews with potential candidates for electrical and mechanical engineering, software development and automation positions.
KNDU TV caught Troy and Tami in action here:
We will be in Pullman on Tuesday, October 1st at the WSU Career Expo and CEA Technical Fair from 10:00AM to 4:00PM, come say hello and chat with us!