National Fusion Research Institute
In recent years, spiraling prices of oil and raw materials have cast a dark shadow over the business operation environment of our industries the world has been striving to cope with enormous social costs and hardship brought about by natural calamities due to the climate change, such as extremely destructive hurricanes and the abnormal global temperature rise. The ultimate solution to overcome the ever-worsening global energy crisis is to secure safe, environmentally-friendly and abundant energy sources by developing new future energy technologies. Energy is a fundamental provider of the convenience and comfort we enjoy in our daily lives, and at the same time it serves as a very basic stepping-stone that can promise the sustainable growth of our future society. As one of the world's top five crude oil importing countries, Korea has a precarious economic structure depending heavily on imported energy. The current generation, therefore, has a sacred responsibility and duty to develop the technologies essential for clean and reliable future energy sources for the next generation to inherit. NFRI is a unique national laboratory dedicated to conducting research on and engaging in the development of fusion energy, which has been attracting worldwide attention as an inexhaustible source of future energy. Employing our domestic technology, NFRI has constructed the world's highest-ranking fusion research device called KSTAR (Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research) and established an initial performance milestone by successfully generating the first plasma, thereby bringing the dream of fusion energy commercialization a step closer to reality. Having completed the construction of one of the world's most sophisticated fusion devices, our task is now to plan to serve as a global fusion research hub by utilizing KSTAR as an international joint research facility with the participation of the world's experts and with foreign research institutions in the US, Japan, EU, and other countries. Potential benefits of this collaboration will include joint development of key technologies for fusion power generation as well as training of junior fusion scientists and engineers. NFRI is deeply committed to doing its best to become a
Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
Nuclear energy is an energy source for the future that can supply an abundance of clean energy to humankind. KAERI was established in 1959 to lay the foundation for achieving national nuclear energy self-reliance. Over the past 50 years, KAERI has become the driving force behind Korea´s national economic growth. KAERI has laid stepping stones to promote strong economic development by using nuclear energy as a major energy source strengthening Korea´s industrial competitiveness through the transfer of advanced science and technology. The world is faced with a serious crisis due to climate change and energy scarcity. This crisis has escalated due to the indiscriminate use of energy. As a result, the global environment is being destroyed at a very rapid rate. Nuclear energy is an attractive alternative to avoid such an energy crisis. Nuclear energy can be a sustainable energy source for humankind for thousands of years. Unlike fossil fuels, nuclear energy does not produce any greenhouse gases which are being blamed for global warming. Nuclear energy is an energy source for the future which can supply an abundance of clean energy to humankind. KAERI is committed to developing advanced nuclear technology to supply environmentally clean energy. We are making efforts to develop nuclear technology for hydrogen production, which will place us in the advanced era of the hydrogen economy. We are also g on reactor and nuclear fuel research not only to promoti the welfare of future generations but also to improve the existing nuclear power technology. We are developing radiation fusion technology, which we believe will be the basis for high value-added industries. With these efforts, KAERI will be reborn as a leading research institute and contribute to Korea´s national development in the 21st century. We will do our utmost to become a global leader.
Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources
Geoscience and Mineral Resources are the Hope of Mankind! Geoscience and Mineral Resources have been the most important element and essential asset to human developments since the beginning of the world. With the utilizations of mineral resources, human beings have been able to establish civilizations and prosperous cultures by enhancing the effective value of mineral resources throughout history. The Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral (Resources KIGAM) was established in 1918, and lpayed a central role in comprehensive mineral exploration and energy development as a government supported research institute. For the last century, KIGAM has striven to build core technology, that can mobilize national competitiveness and endless productivity. KIGAM accomplishes national projects to enhance the quality of people's daily lives by improving safety levels, providing education on natural disasters, and developing new materials and energy sources. KIGAM covers various fields of geological research in nationwide and overseas such as gas hydrates, mineral exploration, groundwater flow research, usage of underground space, and efficient utilization of national territory. Moreover, KIGAM endeavors to develop important new technologies for geological disasters such as earthquakes and landslides, as well as global climate mitigation strategies such as CO2 geological storage, mineral carbonations, and waste disposal. Geoscience and Mineral Resources are the core to industrial growth in the future. Every staff member at KIGAM will carry on the grand tradition of creativity and devotone to the development of practical and utilizable knowledge so that KIGAM becomes the leading brand in science and technology in Korea. KIGAM will do its best to be the number one research institute in the geoscience and mineral resources development field in this time of energy crisis.