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Nuclear Technology Development for Space, Polar, a

  • Background
    The necessity to for take on challenging technology development beyond the traditional paradigm to meet expected future demands, such as flexible energy sources that respond to the changes in the energy market, and power sources suitable for harsh environments
  • Goal
    Nuclear system technology development for flexible respons to future energy demands
  • Significance
    Meet the missions of government funded research institute in the point of following;
    • Promoting the sustainable use of nuclear energy
    • Carrying out an initiating role in future technology development

Promotion Strategy

(Goal) Development of energy supply technologies required for future commercialization such as development of the northern sea route and space exploration

(Development Technologies for Space Applications) Development of nuclear power systems for space exploration (radioisotope battery technology is under development), Development of evaluation technology for core components of space probe, Simulation research for space radiation and environment

(Polar and marine application technology development) Securing the fundamental technology of a nuclear propulsion energy system and electronic components

Developing a small nuclear system for exploitation of polar areas and ocean resources

(Aciton Plan) Promoting joint research with Korea Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO), Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) and Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

Research Topics
  • Source technology development for innovative marine reactor
  • Development of a long-life micro high temperature gas-cooled reactor for energy in remote area and island
  • Development of nuclear power source for space exploration and space base
  • Development of core technology for Nuclear battery

Research Facilities

  • Research Facilities

    Small-Scale Gas Loop

    High temperature and pressure small scale-gas loop capable of performance tests for laboratory-scale components and code validation.
    Korea's first closed gas loop facility that can implement 950C operating temperature of the VHTR under high pressure and can be used to develop a compact heat exchanger for VHTR and a high heat flux heat pipe

  • Research Facilities

    Nuclear Battery Development Facility

    The facility could be used for manufacturing and performance evaluation tests of nuclear batteries such as radioisotope heater unit fabrication, analyzing characteristics of a thermoelectric module, measuring electricity converting efficiency, etc.

  • Research Facilities

    Fuel manufacture Device

    Experimental device for the development of fuel manufacturinge technology applicable to multi-purpose small nuclear reactor