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Independent NPP decommissioning technology & prepa

  • Background
    As the number of nuclear related jobs is expected to decline due to the energy transition policy, the government is actively supporting the establishment of the nuclear decommissioning market following the permanent shutdown of Kori Unit 1, and encouraging export of nuclear technology to secure alternative jobs
  • Goal
    Contributing to job creation through development of key technology in the field of new market demand and capturing new markets
  • Significance
    The development of new growth engines for innovative growth and consequent job creation are in line with the national philosophy and innovative growth policies

Promotion Strategy

(Goal) To develop core technologies necessary for decommissioning of NPPs in Korea and innovative technologies for technical competitiveness in global decommissioning market

(Development of core technology for NPP decommissioning) To prepare for decommissioning of Nuclear Power Plants core technologies* need to be developed in a timely manner, and a priority R&D for decommissioning of CANDU type NPP There are 10 still-ongoing technologies among 38 selected core technologies; the completion of development is expected no later than 2021

(Global market) Resolving domestic decommissioning issues first and then moving onto innovative technology* for the global decommissioning market Automation through combination of ICT and robotics

(Management of North Korean nuclear facility) Verification technology* and peaceful application of nuclear experts for safe management of North Korean nuclear facility Technology for 1) detection, quantification of sensitive nuclear materials, 2) analysis of trace-level sample, etc.

(Action Plan) Expanding collaboration with industry from technology development level, and securing technology transfer to industry Collaboration with industry for decommissioning core-technology application on nuclear facility (2017 ∼ Current) : Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction etc. ($4,000,000 / year)

Collaboration with "Southeast Decommissioning Research Institute" (will be established in 2022) for technology application

Research Topics
  • Development of core technology for the Kori-1 NPP
  • Autonomous decommissioning technology with ICT convergence
  • Development of decommissioning technology for heavy water nuclear reactor
  • Technology for reduction and recycling of decommissioning waste
  • Environmental remediation technology for decommissioning sites
  • Development of radiological characterization technology

Research Facilities

  • Research Facilities

    Immersive visualization system for simulation and evaluation of nuclear decommissioning process

    Integrated evaluation system based on immersive virtual environment to simulate and evaluate the dismantling process of nuclear facilities.

  • Research Facilities

    Bench-scale equipment of chemical decontamination for reactor coolant system

    Chemical decontamination equipment for the tests of oxide dissolution and decomposition of chemical reagents under simulated reactor coolant system

  • Research Facilities

    Manipulator for remote dismantling

    Multiple degrees of freedom manipulator for remote dismantling of nuclear core facilities

  • Research Facilities

    Instrument for remote laser cutting

    Remote cutting instruments using 6kW class high power fiber laser

  • Research Facilities

    Mobile measurement system for site characterization

    A real-time in situ measurement and evaluation system that rapidly and accurately measures the residual contamination

  • Research Facilities

    Magnetic separation system for soil remediation

    A magnetic separation system that separates the fine particles (silt/clay) from contaminated soil for remediation or solidification