Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Japan’s Underground Bicycle Parking Systems

Via Danny Choo:

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…construction company Giken have come up with a solution which stores hundreds of bicycles underground using a system called Eco Cycle – a robot system which stores bicycles underground in a 11 meter deep well.

via Japan Underground Bicycle Parking Systems.



Tanks for the Memories

Seems pretty clear at this point. In the future all of our time, energy and material resources will go toward making tanks to store an ever-increasing amount of radioactive wastewater that we have dumped in desperation onto melted reactor cores and ‘spent’ nuclear fuel, and which has leaked out of some other tank or tanks. Unfortunately, though we can look forward to full employment, and lots of good times with our colleagues down at the tank factory, the Tank Game is un-winnable.

Did Kafka write this passage:

Tokyo Electric Power Co. previously said two of seven huge underground tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant had been leaking since Saturday if not earlier.

The latest leak involves a tank that was being used to take water from one of the two that were leaking, TEPCO spokesman Masayuki Ono said. …

TEPCO has halted the transfer of water to the third tank, diverting it to a fourth tank that remains intact. Two of the seven tanks are currently unused.

Ono said TEPCO has decided to stop using the two most damaged of the three leaking tanks as soon as they are emptied, but will use the other because of a tank shortage.

via More radioactive water leaking from storage tanks at Japanese nuclear plant damaged by tsunami – The Washington Post.



Surprisingly High

The number of cyclist fatalities in Japan last year.

According to the data, there were 633 fatal bicycle accidents last year, with most occurring in Saitama, Tokyo, Aichi and Osaka prefectures.

via Police recommend safety training for reckless cyclists ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion.



Over the Top

First time…

Gas tanker the “Ob River” took the cargo aboard at Melkøya, Finnmark County, on 7 November. The ship is now lying outside one of Japan’s major LNG terminals in Japan waiting to unload 134,738 cubic metres of liquefied natural gas.

[...]

He estimates the sailing season in the north lasts from the very end of July to the first half of November.

via Arctic Ocean gets first gas cargo – Aftenbladet.no.



Typhoon Guchol
June 17, 2012, 18:48
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via Typhoon Guchol : 5 Day Forecast Map | Weather Underground.



Radioactive Bike Baskets
April 19, 2012, 22:48
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Uh huh. Cobalt-60 radiation detected from Bridgestone bike’s basket by the bike’s owner in Japan. Leads to wider discovery. The baskets were made in China.

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/04/bicycle-baskets-imported-from-china.html

It was first reported to Bridgestone by a buyer of the bicycle, alerting the company that the basket attached to the bicycle was emitting radiation. Bridgestone had the baskets tested, and found the source of radiation to be cobalt-60. The baskets were imported from China, according to Bridgestone.

From the press release by the Ministry of Education and Science (MEXT) on April 18, 2012:

Report from Bridgestone Cycle Company to MEXT at about 4:10PM on April 17 that radiation was detected from the baskets installed on the bicycles that the company sells.

The bicycles were assembled at the Ageo Factory [in Saitama Prefecture].

7.5 to 10.6 microsieverts/hour radiation was detected on the surface of the baskets at 1 centimeter.



Reactor 4 demands our attention

Via EX-SKF: #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Reactor 4 to Get a Cover and a Crane | EXSKF.

Which dude said, Hey, let’s put the spent fuel pool on the roof of the reactor building. Are the US reactors like that as well (except with far more spent fuel)? Ack.

It would be good to remove the material from the spent fuel pool before it all collapses in a heap. Currently the crane is crumpled in the pool itself. So a new crane will be needed, and a structure to support it. Here are the plans for such released today:



Plus, they have to be resistant to radioactivity

Floating windmills offshore Japan.

The biggest challenge in erecting floating turbines offshore is ensuring the buoyancy mechanisms are stable, and getting fixed lines to the sea floor which can be extended to depths of 200 meters (656 feet).

via Floating Windmills in Japan Help Wind Down Nuclear Power: Energy – Bloomberg.



Dysprosium
February 11, 2012, 06:00
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A rare earth metal controlled by China. Japan will try to use less.

http://news.yahoo.com/japan-slash-heavy-rare-earth-china-tightens-grip-093552135.html

Dysprosium is the rare earth metal for Dystopia. I learned that in my Dysprosium symposium which meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.



Kurashiki refinery complex
February 8, 2012, 20:16
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Five men are missing here after an undersea tunnel collapsed during construction: http://news.yahoo.com/five-missing-japan-refinery-tunnel-collapse-055445790.html




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