Reactor Institute starts modifying research infrastructure in OYSTER project

News - 01 March 2017

On Thursday 23 February, President of the Executive Board Tim van der Hagen signed the contract/amendment agreement for the OYSTER project between TU Delft and the South-Korean consortium KHC in the presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea. In South-Korea the agreement was signed by the representative of the consortium KHC: the president of KAERI, Jong Kyung Kim.

OYSTER stands for Optimized Yield - for Science, Technology & Education - of Radiation. By signing this agreement, TU Delft is taking the next step in modifying the research infrastructure in the Reactor Institute Delft (RID) to continue innovative radiation-related research at the highest level in the field of health, sustainable energy and materials.

The go-ahead has now been given for the modifications to the research reactor, these entail building the non-nuclear cooling building and creating the cold neutron source at the core of the reactor. The work will commence with the building of the cooling building this year, as soon as the license has been granted. The RID is working together with the Korean consortium on the OYSTER project, assisted by several Dutch subcontractors.

In order to maintain its position among the top of the research community, it is important that the RID keeps its infrastructure up-to-date and in line with the latest international requirements and trends. Implementing OYSTER will consolidate the Netherlands’ contact with the European top, particularly with the European Spallation Source that is currently being built in Sweden. The Ministries of Education, Culture & Science; Health, Welfare & Sports and Economic Affairs are among the parties funding OYSTER.