Highest Point CNS-Utility building

News - 25 January 2018 - Communication RID

On Tuesday 23 January the Reactor Institute Delft (RID) celebrated the highest point of the CNS-Utility building . A lift platform transported President of the Executive Board Tim van der Hagen, RID director Bert Wolterbeek, general manager Rik Linssen and project manager OYSTER Ron Goetjaer to the highest point of the building, where they  turned the reinforcement rods on. The realisation of the CNS-Utility building signifies another important step in adapting the research infrastructure of the RID within the OYSTER-programme. 

Cold neutrons
The CNS-Utility building will provide the cooling for the cold source which will be installed at the reactor core later. The neutrons will then be cooled until -250°C. At this extreme low temperature it is easier for researchers to ‘guide’ these ‘cold’ neutrons to achieve even better research results. The potential for radiation-related scientific research and innovation will significantly be improved and expanded. 

With the OYSTER-programme (Optimized Yield - for Science, Technology & Education - of Radiation) RID can continue to meet fundamental research questions from the market and the scientific community in the field of health, sustainable energy and material research. Since the start of OYSTER, we have realised a number of unique, new instruments which are attracting a lot of attention. With the neutron diffractometer PEARL, scientists from the Netherlands and abroad can carry out energy research into, for example, hydrogen storage and new battery materials. In addition, the flexible irradiation facility for new production routes for medical isotopes has recently been taken into use.