Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) participated in the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) Day event, at the Expo 2020 Dubai. CNNC is the official partner of the China Pavilion which occupies one of the largest exhibition halls at the Expo 2020 Dubai. In this first world exhibition in the Middle East, CNNC presented various solutions and visions of utilizing nuclear energy for urban life which were shared with the global nuclear community. Presenting the theme “Greeness, Innovations and Future”, CNCC contributes its thoughts on clean nuclear energy, seawater desalination, health, security, and smart cities. This commitment is also promoted at the G20 presidency in Indonesia this year.

Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko, welcomed this forum to promote development of nuclear energy and international cooperation. “As we all know, nuclear science and technology R&D in Indonesia has been operating since the late 1950s, and has contributed to various sectors, especially nuclear research and development carried out by the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), which has now been integrated into the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) Indonesia,” said Handoko in his remarks (12/1), while introducing the BRIN entity.

Handoko also added that currently BRIN is authorized to conduct research and development, exploration and exploitation of radioactive minerals, production of raw materials for the manufacture of nuclear fuel, research and development to support radioisotope production, and management of radioactive waste.

He said various research programs and activities are focused on several important fields such as energy, food, health and medicine, natural resources and the environment, industry, as well as research on advanced materials to improve the welfare and competitiveness of the country. “All nuclear science and technology activities are carried out professionally for peaceful purposes by observing the principles of safety, security, and environmental sustainability,” he stressed.

In nuclear research in the food sector, BATAN (now BRIN) has made remarkable progress in developing superior plant varieties through radiation mutation breeding techniques. Since the 1970s, cooperation with FAO/IAEA has been established including receipt of advanced equipment assistance as well as extensive training in mastery of radiation mutation technology. “More than a dozen new crop varieties, such as soybeans and rice, have been developed through the program,” explained Handoko. “It is proud to say that Indonesia’s nuclear technology has successfully developed various radiopharmaceutical drug preparations for hospitals and medicine as a form of science’s contribution in improving the quality of life,” he explained.

With regard to contribution of energy research, Handoko said that various research, development and feasibility studies have been carried out for a long time to prepare for Nuclear Power Plants (PLTN). For these activities, cooperation with all parties has been made, both technical and scientific in nature, and public acceptance. CNNC, of ​​course, is one of BRIN’s important international partners in human resource capacity building, research and development. “In this context, for example, since 2016, BATAN/BRIN have entered into an agreement with INET to establish a long-term strategic partnership and jointly boost cooperation for the HTGR program,” he said.

The BRIN’s plan in the near time is to develop the PUSPIPTEK area into a national nuclear energy research and innovation center by revitalizing the existing facilities and building modern facilities. The new facilities include state-of-the-art research reactors and supporting laboratories that can serve future research needs to support green energy utilization and blue economic growth. In addition, several particle accelerator facilities will be built to support research in the fields of health, environment, agriculture and industry. (shr/ ed: drs)