Location: Goethe Zentrum, Hill Fort Road, Nampally
Date: Sat, 2011/08/27 – 5:30pm
Price: Open to all
NHK documentary: Dismantling Nuclear Power Plants
In a world increasingly concerned about global warming and competition for power sources, nuclear power is enticing because it provides cheap energy with little carbon dioxide emissions.
The problem is what to do with decommissioned plants and nuclear waste and, as in the case of Fukushima Daiichi, how to clean up after a nuclear disaster.
In Japan, two nuclear power plants, Fugen in Fukui Prefecture and Tokai in Ibaraki Prefecture, are in the process of being dismantled.
In this excellent 60-minute documentary by NHK done before the Fukushima Daiichi accident, we see the number of functioning (yellow-colored) and decommissioned (gray-colored) nuclear power plants around the world.
We also learn that the procedure for dismantling nuclear power plants was not included in the initial plans and was left to future technology and technicians to deal with.
In one particular portion of the video, Japanese technicians couldn’t find the blueprints of the part of the plant they were working with. And some plans were unreadable (probably not surprising since the plans were done 40 years ago).
Narration in Japanese (with some footage of foreigners speaking in English).