Permit application and Environmental Impact Assessment available for consultation

News - 03 September 2018 - Communication TNW

The permit application and the Environmental Impact Assessment for the cold source of the OYSTER-programme are available for consultation from 23 August to 3 October 2018. The application concerns the installation of a cold neutron source next to the reactor core. This cold source, which is in itself not a radioactive application, makes it possible to slow down the neutrons of the research reactor, thus allowing better research results to be obtained.

Cold neutrons
The neutrons will 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, in the areas of health, sustainable energy and materials, will significantly be improved and expanded.

The OYSTER Programme
With the OYSTER-programme (Optimized Yield - for Science, Technology & Education - of Radiation), the research reactor will become a lot more precise and versatile. As a result, the RID can continue to meet fundamental research demands from the market and the scientific community. Examples include research into solar cells, batteries and medical isotopes for diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

All permit application documents and the Environmental Impact Assessment can be found at