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The Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) features fully superconducting magnets and maintains a plasma state of over 300 million degrees Celsius for 300 seconds (long pulse operation capability).

Project Profile

  • Project duration :December 1995-August 2007
  • Major tasks by stage
  • Stage 1 (1995-1997) : Concept design and base technology R&D
  • Stage 2 (1998-2001) : Engineering design and development
  • Stage 3 (2002-2007) : Manufacturing, assembly and installation

Progress of International Cooperation

  • The U.S. Department of Energy invested US$26 million in the joint development of KSTAR related devices (May 2004)
  • Discussions on additional investment for joint development of KSTAR related devices are currently underway.

Anticipated effects

  • Securing core technology for the commercialization of heating, diagnosis and technology to control the normal state of plasma
  • Gaining a reputation as an international joint research facility and achieving advanced fusion energy technology by utilizing the ITER test bed
  • Creating a high value-added industry that uses various cutting edge technologies discovered in the development and construction stages of KSTAR