As part of decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (1F), TEPCO investigates how to retrieve and store fuel debris then how to transfer and store fuel debris canisters. According to the decommissioning of Three Mile Island Station 2 in the United States, following cases are reported that high-energy α rays, included in nuclear waste or fuel debris, cause hydrogen gas generation by decomposition of water during transportation and storage of fuel debris canisters. Hence, establishing a reliable method to maintain the hydrogen gas concentration below the lower explosive limit is essential to complete decommissioning 1F safely.
In association with hydrogen energy technologies, hydrogen adsorption and hydrogen permeable membrane are well investigated all over the world. Therefore, the client solicits help from all over the world to help solve this issue.
Anticipated Project Process
After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.
The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.
Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.
The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.
- Overall scientific and technical merit
- Approach to proof of concept or performance
- Economic potential of concept
- Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
- Potential for proprietary position
- Respondents’ capability and related experiences