On October 2, UNIST held the opening ceremony of Haeorum Alliance Nuclear Innovation Center. The official signboard-hanging ceremony was also held to celebrate the grand opening of Haeorum Alliance Nuclear Innovation Center.
Established with the support of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co.,Ltd. (KHNP), Ulsan City, Gyeongju City, and Pohang City, the center aims to manage the “R&D Coopertion Project between Haeorum Alliance and KHNP”. All costs and expenses incurred during the course of the project will be shared by KHNP and the above three local governments.
The main purpose of Haeorum Alliance Nuclear Innovation Center is to establish a regional roadmap for research infrastructures and to urge closer cooperation among the 6 major universities (UNIST, University of Ulsan, Dongguk University, Uiduk University, POSTECH, and Handong Global University) in the Haeorum region. The center shall be composed of the following committees: Innovation Research Committee, Science-Technology-Society Convergence Committee, as well as the Education Committee . It aims to promote various R&D projects, which include ▲ Strengthening nuclear safety ▲ Development of innovative technologies in the renewable and quadruple industrial revolution technologies ▲ Local win-win growth ▲ Human resource development.
“The center will serve as the regional control tower of those areas that are at the frontline of nuclear power plants,” says Director In Cheol Bang of Haeorum Alliance Nuclear Energy Innovation Center and Professor in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at UNIST. “Besides, using new, disruptive technologies, mainly IoT, AI, advanced robotics, seawater batteries, drones, and 3D printing, the center hopes to contribute to the development of technologies that will further enhance the safety and performance of nuclear fuels for our current fleet of reactors in Haeorum regions.”
“We anticipate that the center will play a key role in bridging the gap between academia and industry in Haeorum region,” says President Jae Hoon Chung of KHNP. “We will offer our utmost support for the Haeorum R&D Coopertion Project.”
Meanwhile, the opening ceremony of Haeorum Alliance Nuclear Innovation Center took place in the Engineering Building (110) at UNIST. The event included a brief introduction to the center, congratulatory remarks, as well as the welcome address by President Mooyoung Jung of UNIST.
Around 80 people attended the ceremony, including President Jae Hoon Chung of KHNP, Mayor Song Chul Ho of Ulsan, Vice Mayor Cheol Gu Kang of Gyeongju, Vice Mayor Ung Choi of Pohang, City, President Yeong-Cheon Oh of University of Ulsan, President Ik Jang of Uiduk University, President Dae Won Lee of Dongguk University, Presidnet Soon Heung Chang of Handong Global University, as well as university officials from the POSTECH Planning Office.