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The Multi-purpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications (MYRRHA) is a first-of-a-kind, innovative nuclear research reactor designed to operate as an Accelerator Driven System (ADS), able to operate in subcritical and critical modes. It contains a proton accelerator of 600 MeV, a spallation target and a multiplying core with MOX fuel, cooled by liquid lead-bismuth (Pb-Bi). MYRRHA will demonstrate the ADS concept intended for the efficient treatment of the high level nuclear waste through partitioning & transmutation. It will also fulfil the role of European Technology Pilot Plant (ETPP) in the roadmap for the development of the lead fast reactor (LFR) technology, but its design integrates the function of multi-purpose flexible fast neutron spectrum research reactor (50-100 MWth). Its catalogue of applications includes R&D in support of the partitioning and transmutation of long-lived radioactive waste, the production of neutron-irradiated silicon for renewable energies, the production of radioisotopes for medical applications as well as fundamental and applied research in support of the development of fast spectrum reactor and fusion technology.

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MYRRHA
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Boeretang 200, Mol, 2400, Belgium
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Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 13:45