Achievements > 1980
1987 Localization of CANDU Fuel
The CANDU fuel localization project began in 1981, and was the starting point of self-reliance in nuclear power plant technology. This was followed by the development of mass production technology in 1985 and mass fuel production in July of 1987, which was supplied to the Wolsong Nuclear Power Plants.
1988 Localization of PWR Fuel
Following the localization of CANDU fuel, a PWR fuel design and mass production technology were developed, through which domestically fabricated fuels were supplied to all nuclear power plants operating in Korea.
1995 Indigenous design and construction of HANARO Research Reactor
Since its initial criticality achieved by the indigenous technologies in design and construction, the HANARO research reactor has been used as a world-class multi-purpose research reactor through the development of utilization technologies including neutron scattering..
1996 Development of the Korean Standard Nuclear Power Plant (KSNP)
Reducing its dependence on foreign nations for the development of nuclear power plants, a significant milestone was reached through the successful design of the Nuclear Steam Supply System(NSSS), which is a core component of the Korean Standard Nuclear Power Plant(KSNP, now renamed OPR1000).
2001 velopment of innovative therapeutic radiopharmaceutical, ‘Milican Inj’
A new liver cancer medicine which can heal liver cancer without medical operations using compounds from radioisotopes and natural polymers was approved as the 3rd ‘New Pharmaceutical’ (or as the 1st New Radiopharmaceutical) in Korea.
2002 Completion of Basic Design of SMART
The development of the integral reactor SMART, which can serve the dual purpose of electricity generation and seawater desalination, started in 1997. The basic design of SMART core system was completed in 2002 and its conceptual design of a 330 MWt SMART was completed in 2007.
2003 Development of Advanced Zirconium Alloy Fuel Cladding
The high-performance Zirconium Alloy Fuel, ‘HANA Cladding’, which was excellent in corrosion resistance and creep strength when compared with foreign fuel claddings, was developed in 2003.
2005 Construction of ATLAS
ATLAS, a thermal-hydraulic integral test facility for advanced pressurized light water reactors, which can simulate various types of thermal-hydraulic behavior of real nuclear power plants, was constructed in 2006. This facility has contributed toward enhancing the safety levels of both operating and planned nuclear power plants.
2006 Completion of KALIMER-600 conceptual design
A conceptual design of the medium-sized 600 MW KALIMER-600, which is for developing a Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor with drastically enhanced safety, economics, resource reutilization, and environmental friendliness, was completed in 2006. The excellent quality of the KALIMER-600 was recognized when it was selected as a reference reactor in the GEN-Ⅳ, international collaborative framework for future nuclear energy systems.
2009 Bid Winner for the Construction of a Research Reactor in Jordan
The first export of a nuclear system to an overseas country during the 50-year history of nuclear energy development was achieved when the Korean consortium led by KAERI won the bid to construct a 5MW research reactor in Jordan. This has opened the way for Korea to export its nuclear technology to other countries.
2010 Construction of Cold Neutron Research Facility
The Cold Neutron Research Facility, which can be utilized in nano-bio research, such as the analysis of biological samples, by lowering the amount of neutrons produced from a reactor, was constructed. The facility has been opened to end-users from industry, academia, and research institutes from both home and abroad.
2011 Development of High Power Proton Linear Accelerator
The 100MeV-20mA high power proton linear accelerator, which can accelerate protons at speeds similar to light, was developed in 2011. Korea is the third location for such a facility in the world after the USA and Japan. This has laid a firm foundation for Korea to enter the ranks of advanced countries in the area of proton accelerators.
2014 KAERI won a bid to upgrade a Dutch experimental reactor
KAERI and the Hyundai Consortium obtained the order to upgrade the capacity of a research reactor at Delft University of Technology and to build a cold neutron research facility in November 2014.
2015 SMART Partnership between Korea and Saudi Arabia
In March 2015, Korea and Saudi Arabia signed a MOU on a SMART Partnership and Human Capability Build-up and KAERI signed an SMART PPE (Pre-Project Engineering) Agreement with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) for the SMART FOAK plant deployment in Saudi Arabia as the 1st phase cooperation of the MOU in September 2015.