Department Colloqium: MYRRHA, a new research infrastructure in Belgium for Accelerator Driven reactor Systems and transmutation of High-Level nuclear Waste

  • Date: –16:15
  • Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1 Å80101
  • Lecturer: Hamid Aït Abderrahim, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN
  • Organiser: Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Contact person: Jan-Erik Rubensson
  • Seminarium


The Belgian national laboratory SCK•CEN is at the forefront of Heavy Liquid Metal (HLM) nuclear technology worldwide with the development of the MYRRHA Accelerator Driven reactor System (ADS). MYRRHA is conceived as a flexible fast-spectrum pool-type research irradiation facility cooled by Lead Bismuth Eutectic (LBE) and is proposed to the international community of nuclear energy and nuclear physics as a pan-European large research infrastructure to serve as a multipurpose fast spectrum irradiation facility for various fields of research such as; transmutation of High Level nuclear Waste (HLW), material and fuel research for Generation IV reactors, material for fusion energy, innovative radioisotopes development and production and for fundamental physics. As such MYRRHA is since 2010 on the high priority list of the ESFRI roadmap ( On September 7, 2018 the Belgian federal government decided to build this large research infrastructure. In this lecture we will summarize 20 years of Design and R&D turned in a facility to be built.