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The MYRRHA project has achieved a further important development milestone. For the first time at SCK CEN, researchers succeeded in accelerating a proton beam through the recently connected radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ). The RFQ is a component of the particle accelerator that will drive the sub-critical research reactor. “This is an important achievement in the implementation of the MYRRHA project,” says Hamid Aït Abderrahim, MYRRHA director and deputy director-general of SCK CEN.
The Director of Office of Science within the U.S. Department of Energy, Chris Fall, has visited SCK CEN today to discuss cooperation opportunities and in particular to be informed on the progress on the MYRRHA project and a possible partnership. As a result, the Office of Science and the MYRRHA team will investigate closer cooperation between MYRRHA and the Office’s national nuclear research laboratories.
Candidate PhD students or postdoc researchers have until 25 March 2020 to apply for one of the six MYRRHA related PhD topics or three postdoc positions that are available via the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre’s Academy this year. For several past students, this advanced study proved to be an entry to a permanent position with one of the most challenging global nuclear research projects.
Twelve delegates from ESFRI, European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, visited MYRRHA to obtain first-hand information on the large research infrastructure and discover its contribution to European society in many fields.
The MYRRHA project has shifted its focus from R&D to project implementation. That was the main message at the MYRRHA team meeting at the SCK CEN site in Mol where the project will be constructed and operated.
On Monday 2 December, Jan Jambon, Minister-President of the Flemish government, and Hilde Crevits, Vice Minister-President, visited MYRRHA and SCK CEN in Mol. They were briefed inter alia on the contribution by MYRRHA to the fight against cancer and towards a solution for nuclear waste. “These efforts can make a difference”, states Jan Jambon, Flemish Minister-President, after the visit.
The development of MYRRHA’s ISOL (Isotope Separation OnLine) target facility reached its first milestone with a successful integrity test of its target container. Together with steady progress in other Phase 1 sub projects, the milestone confirms that the MYRRHA project is firmly on track.
SCK CEN organises the MYRRHA World Days this week. 220 policy makers, scientists and investors from 23 countries will participate in the event, among whom Carlo Rubbia, Nobel Prize winner in Physics and father of the technology on which the MYRRHA project is based.
His Majesty the King paid a working visit to the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre today. The visit was initiated by last year’s government’s decision to implement the MYRRHA project in Mol. “This new, unique research infrastructure will attract young and dynamic scientists from all over the world”, says Hamid Aït Abderrahim, SCK CEN Deputy Director-General and MYRRHA project Director.
The International jury of the Marshall Plan Competition Poles of the Walloon government visited the MYRRHA project today. During the visit, the jury members discovered the project’s different components and associated support R&D program in order to identify opportunities for industrial partners in Wallonia for contributing to MYRRHA.
MYRRHA drew a lot of attention at the 62nd IAEA General Conference, which was held on 17-21 September in Vienna this year. The increased interest is the result of the recent decision by the Belgian government to build this worldwide unique infrastructure, thanks to a financing of 558 million euros.
Belgian Government commits 558 million euros to realisation of MYRRHA, a new research infrastructure in Mol
MYRRHA's engineers are planning the first phase of the construction: the 100 MeV particle accelerator. In order to engage the components suppliers early and closely in the process, the MYRRHA team organised an information meeting in Brussels on 7 June, followed by a visit to the cyclotron in Louvain-la-Neuve on 8 June.
In his capacity as Special Envoy of the Belgian Federal Government for the MYRRHA research project, State Secretary Pieter De Crem paid a visit to the Nuclear Research Centre in Mol.
In 2010, through its Strategy Forum on Research infrastructures (ESFRI), the European Commission put MYRRHA on the high priority list of large research infrastructures for energy. By choosing the multi-functional Belgian installation, Europe makes sure to stay at the cutting edge of research in energy security and in fighting climate change.