Saturday, August 23, 2008

Nuclear Energy Generation in the Philippines

I guess it's hightime to say thank you to the organization that educated us to the importance of international cooperation and changed our perspective on the nature and utility of nuclear energy.


Establishment of KONICOF
The importance and the role of nuclear energy will be ever increasing, as its characteristics of sustainability and cleanliness are distinguished from those of other energy resources.

However, because of strict international regulations imposed on the nuclear field, it is imperative that the government, instead of civilians, take an active role and provide full support for the expansion of international cooperation in nuclear energy research.

Korea, as one of the advanced counties in the field of nuclear energy, is challenged to shift from being a beneficiary to becoming the renderer and pioneer of nuclear technology.

And at the same time, there is a strong need to set up a firm foundation and strong support systems for the expansion of export in the field of nuclear energy because of the complicated procedures arising from international strictures.

The Board of Directors is composed of the heads of the following research centers: The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP), Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences (KIRAM), Director of Atomic Energy Bureau, Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST), and professors of premier universities.

KONICOF has also been in cooperation with Daejeon University and ASEAN University Network. KONICOF aims to rectify the seeming incorrigibility of unwarranted fear of, and misconceptions about, nuclear technology especially in South-east Asian nations.

Despite the "power switch" in EU countries, I still am a supporter of nuclear energy generation in the Philippines. It is a necessary step in the transition to building facilities for renewable energy.

Hampering even more the move towards NE are the stupid senators who say that nuclear energy plants could easily be transformed for WMD manufacturing. Ignorance does bite.