The world's 1st large scale Accelerator Driven System
MYRRHA (Multi-purpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications) is the world’s first large scale Accelerator Driven System (ADS) that consists of a subcritical nuclear reactor driven by a high power linear accelerator. With the subcritical concentration of fission material, the nuclear reaction is sustained by the particle accelerator only. Turning off the proton beam results in an immediate and safe halt of the nuclear reactions.
On 7 September 2018 the Belgian Federal Government decided to have the MYRRHA project built on the SCK CEN site in Mol. Based on a total budget of € 1.6 bn, the government committed € 558 m towards the project’s phased approach.
In addition, the Belgian government announced the establishment of an international non-profit organisation that will be ideally suited to welcome investment from additional participating countries. As MYRRHA fits within the European Union’s ESFRI (European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructure) and SET (European Strategic Energy Technologies) Plan, it is a candidate for European Investment Bank financing.