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한국원자력연구원 대표 홈페이지(영문)>About KAERI>History and Research Achievements

History and Research Achievements

2010 ~ Present

  • Jan. 1, 2013 Korea Multi-purpose Accelerator Complex launched in Gyeongju

2000 ~ 2009

  • Mar. 27, 2007 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute inaugurated with change of Korean name
  • Mar. 27, 2007 Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences separated into independent institute
  • Sep. 29, 2006 Jeongeup Advanced Radiation Technology Institute established
  • Oct. 25, 2004 Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control separated into independent institute

1990 ~ 1999

  • Feb. 15, 1990 Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety separated into independent institute
  • Dec. 16, 1996 Reactor system, nuclear fuel, and radioactive waste projects transferred to industries
  • 1996 Developed the Korean Standard Nuclear Power Plant Designed the Nuclear Steam Supply System, a key component of the Korean Standard Nuclear Power Plant (OPR1000), to reflect circumstances unique to Korea and to reduce dependence on foreign technology.
  • 1995 Constructed HANARO research reactor Designed and constructed a research reactor ranking among world top 10 in terms of size (neutron flux). Established as multi-purpose research reactor for use of neutrons, isotope production, and semiconductor production.

1980 ~ 1989

  • Dec. 19, 1980 Name changed to Korea Advanced Energy Research Institute Merged with Korea Nuclear Fuel Development Institute
  • Dec. 30, 1989 Original name of Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute restored
  • 1988 Localized nuclear fuel for light-water reactor Achieved localization of nuclear fuel for light-water reactors, which account for the majority of reactors in Korea. Established a system to supply locally produced nuclear fuel to all reactors.
  • 1987 Localized nuclear fuel for heavy-water reactor Achieved localization and mass production of heavy-water reactor fuel, which was previously imported from Canada. Paved the way towards self-reliance in nuclear energy by supplying nuclear fuel to four units of heavy-water reactors, including Wolseong Unit 1.

1959 ~ 1979

  • Feb. 17, 1973 Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (government-funded research institute) established merging the Atomic Energy Research Institute, Radiological Research Institute, and Radiation Research Institute in Agriculture
  • Dec. 1, 1976 Korea Nuclear Fuel Development Institute established
  • Feb. 3, 1959 Atomic Energy Research Institute (national research institute) established