Established in 1959, the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute(KAERI) is the first science and technology research institute in Korea to be mandated to achieve energy self-reliance through nuclear technology.
KAERI has produced landmark achievements during its 50-year history of nuclear energy development. Such achievements include the self-reliance of the NSSS system design of Korean Standard Nuclear Power Plants, the localization of both CANDU and PWR fuels, the indigenous design of the HANARO research reactor, and the nation’s first ever export of a nuclear energy system to Jordan.
KAERI will not be complacent regarding its achievements thus far, and will instead move toward the future. In line with the Long-term Development Plan for the Future Nuclear Energy Systems, which has been implemented as a national policy, KAERI is concentrating all of its effort on the development of spent fuel technology for reutilization purposes and on future nuclear energy systems that feature significant advancements in safety, economics, and proliferation resistance.
KAERI is indebted to the public for its support over the past 50 years, which has enabled the Institute to develop to its current status. All of the staff members at KAERI vow to pay our debt to our nation’s people by producing world-leading nuclear R&D outcomes, and to concentrate our efforts toward maximizing our research capabilities. KAERI will spearhead efforts to help Korea achieve its national agenda of sustainable development and low carbon, green growth by ceasing the environmental degradation and resource depletion that face us in the 21st century.