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Regarding technological development for a Gen IV nuclear energy system, critical technology will be developed through international joint research led by Generation IV International Forum (GIF), while concrete reactor features, design development and pilot projects will be executed independently according to the respective circumstances of relevant countries.
To enable Korea to develop a Gen IV nuclear power system technology and pilot project, the Long-term R&D Plan for a Future Nuclear System was established in 2008 by the Atomic Energy Commission. The Plan is in place to prepare a systematic foundation for technological development. At present, the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) is leading the development of nuclear technology in Korea

Eco-friendly Fluidized Bed Reactor (FBR) Tandem Fuel Cycle System Development

Eco-friendly Fluidized Bed Reactor (FBR) Tandem Fuel Cycle System Development example images
  • In order to ensure the peaceful use of spent fuel, non-proliferation pyro processing and Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) are connected.
    • The spent fuel goes through pyro processing and new nuclear fuel is produced.
    • The amount of disposed spent fuel is minimized by burning (in FBR) and reusing highly radioactive nuclide
  • Execution Plan
    • Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) : The conceptual design of the SFR will be completed by 2011, while the standard design of the SFR demo reactor will be completed by 2017. (Construction and operation of the demo reactor is set for 2028.)
    • Pyro Processing : Simulation experiment facilities at engineering scale will be established by 2011, while pilot facilities at engineering scale will be completed by 2016. (Construction and of the commercialization facilities is set for 2025.)

Nuclear Energy Hydrogen Generator System (VHTR)

Nuclear Energy Hydrogen Generator System (VHTR) example images
  • Development of Economical Hydrogen Generator System
    • Uses heat at temperatures over 900℃ in the VHTR
    • Hydrogen is produced from water through a thermochemical process
    • This is a realistic alternative that can massproduce hydrogen economically without emitting CO2.
  • Execution Plan
    • Core and original technology for the hydrogen generator system will be secured by 2011.
    • The system's core technology performance will be demonstrated, with technological issues to be resolved by 2017. (Targeting construction and operation of a demo reactor in 2022)