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The MYRRHA project started in 1998 and is designed as a multi-purpose irradiation facility in order to support research programmes on fission and fusion reactor structural materials and nuclear fuel development. The first objective of MYRRHA however, will be to demonstrate on one hand the ADS concept at a reasonable power level and on the other hand the technological feasibility of transmutation of MA and LLFP arising from the reprocessing of radioactive waste. Transmutation of MA can be completed in an efficient way in fast neutron spectrum facilities. Both critical reactors and sub-critical Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS) are potential candidates as dedicated transmutation systems. Besides the reduction of the HLW burden, the Although carrying out the MYRRHA project will lead to the demonstration of the efficient and safe transmutation of MA in ADS systems as the ultimate goal the implementation of such a project will in addition trigger the development of various innovative technologies and techniques that are of interest for various nuclear fission and fusion applications. In this paper the present status of the project and its capabilities as an irradiation facility as well as the ISOL@MYRRHA (RIB facility) characteristics will be presented.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications of Accelerators
Place of PublicationUnited States
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2011
EventAccApp'11- 10th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications & Utilization of Accelerators - Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Duration: 4 Apr 20117 Apr 2011


ConferenceAccApp'11- 10th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications & Utilization of Accelerators
CountryUnited States
CityKnoxville, Tennessee


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