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19th Korea-Russia JCCAEC (June 4)

- Discussed 27 agendas on nuclear R&D, safety, radiation uses, decommissioning, etc

- Recognized importance of technology cooperation relevant to research and industry and promote actual cooperation in fields of nuclear fuels, fusion, and batteries

The MSIT announced that it held the 19th Korea-Russia Joint Committee Meeting on Atomic Energy Cooperation (JCCAEC) with ROSATOM at JW Marriot Seoul from June 3 to 4.

The 19th Korea-Russia JCCAEC was attended by about 40 experts from agencies in the field, with the Russian delegation led by Deputy Director Oleg Patarakins of Russian Agency for Atomic Energy’s Unit for Innovation Management and the Korean delegation led by Director General Choi Won-ho of the MSIT’s Space, Nuclear and Big Science Policy Bureau.

The JCCAEC has been alternately held in Korea and Russia since 1991 on a biennial basis to foster mutual understanding regarding the nuclear power policies of both countries and to enhance technology cooperation in the field.

During the JCCAEC, the two sides shared their recent nuclear policies and discussed 27 technology agendas in four areas spanning from nuclear R&D, safety, radiation use, decommissioning to radioactive waste.

Korea and Russia are both technology powerhouses not only in the field of nuclear technology, and the two sides explored ways of strategic and future-oriented collaboration in nuclear R&D and technologies to use radiation, which will bring greater synergy through cooperation.

In particular, the two countries recognized the importance of technology cooperation that can be linked to research and industry during the meeting and agreed to take concrete steps to cooperate in nuclear fuel, fusion, and battery.

To commercialize technologies that improve the safety of nuclear fuel and efficiency of its fabrication, the two sides started discussions to carry out technology cooperation of applying the 3D printing technique to accident-tolerant fuel and nuclear fuel.

Also, as participants of ITER, the two countries agreed to expand joint research in the field by using KSTAR*, Korea’s nuclear fusion research facility, to contribute to developing nuclear fusion energy.

* Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR): A superconducting tokamak nuclear fusion research device developed by Korean technologies from 1995 to 2007

Also, the two countries specified how to carry out joint research to develop nuclear battery which is garnering attention as innovation of the future and also started cooperation in betavoltaic battery* that integrated Russia’s enrichment technology and Korea’s semiconductor technology.

* A small-sized battery that generates energy by making semiconductors to absorb the beta particles emitted from radiation isotopes, used in micro devices and monitoring sensors in social safety facilities

The two sides agreed to continue mutual inspection of emergency drills for radiation exposure and to strengthen cooperation between regulators, and also explored concrete ways to carry out joint research to develop technologies for decommissioning and handling nuclear waste.

Director General Choi said, “Russia has the world’s most advanced technologies in safety, decommissioning, nuclear fusion where we want to strengthen R&D.”

“Expectations are high that greater synergy will be created for securing future technologies and industry development since the two countries agreed to reinforce cooperation in this field,” said Director General Choi.

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