OYSTER year report
OYSTER (Optimized Yield - for Science, Technology and Education - of Radiation) has been devised to improve and expand the nuclear research infrastructure of TU Delft. It will enable educational, scientific and societal challenges in the fields of health and energy to be better addressed.
The programme is at an important crossroads in time: 2016 saw the final preparatory work before the first construction activities, which will start after summer this year. The OYSTER team concluded the contract definition and completed the negotiations between TU Delft and the (sub) contractors involved.
Also in 2016, the new Flexible Radiation Facility (FlexBefa) was designed and built to develop new production routes of radionuclides for medical use.
We also worked hard to formalize the Dutch commitment to the European Spallation Source (ESS), currently under construction in Lund, Sweden, which is to be the world's most powerful pulsed neutron source. As a first step, the ESS was included in the Dutch Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure.
This annual report describes the past developments and looks forward to the exciting new phase the OYSTER programme will be entering in 2017.