ENEC, S. Korea’s Ajou University join forces to enhance energy industry

By Ashika Rajan, Trainee Reporter
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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ajou University, a leading research institution based in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

The MoU will serve as a basis for cooperation for research & development (R&D) and innovation in the energy fields.

Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, ENEC’s Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Park Hyung-ju, President of Ajou University, signed the MoU.

The MoU cements the UAE’s and Republic of Korea’s ongoing cooperation in the R&D fields, enhancing the two countries’ close relationships and presenting new opportunities for both countries in different sectors of the energy industry.

The MoU is part of ENEC’s long-term plan to invest in R&D to promote continuous improvement and innovation in the nuclear sector, as well as supporting the application of nuclear energy industry technologies and experience in other industries.

Ajou University is a top research university in the fields of engineering, energy, and information technology. It was the first higher education center in South Korea to open a dedicated energy center, which opened in 1973.

ENEC is in charge of the UAE’s Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program and the Barakah Nuclear Energy Facility, which is one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants.

ENEC, which was established in 2009, uses nuclear energy to provide secure, clean, effective, and reliable electricity to support the UAE’s long-term social and economic development.

The launch of commercial operations of Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant was ENEC’s most historic achievement to date.

The Unit generates 1,400 megawatts of emissions-free electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week to power homes and businesses across the UAE, resulting in the country’s biggest decarbonization initiative and aiding in the fight against climate change.

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