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IFE decides to close the Halden Reactor, but continues nuclear research activities
IFE's Board of Directors has decided to permanently close the Halden Reactor and to start decommissioning the reactor. IFE will continue its nuclear research activities, with focus on activities that do not depend on the reactor being operational. The closure of the reactor will not affect IFE's other operations.
PRESS RELEASE: Start-up of the Halden Reactor Postponed
The Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) has postponed the planned start-up of the Halden Reactor during the week commencing 9 April. This is due to a fault that has been discovered in a valve.
IFE and the JEEP II-research-reactor is an important ally for the ESS (European Spallation Source)
Prof. Andreas Schreyer, The Director of Science at ESS visited the JEEP II-reactor at Kjeller, Norway on January the 23rd. Prof. Schreyer underlined the importance of the JEEP II-reactor. “The JEEP II-reactor produces neutrons, which we need” said Prof. Schreyer. “IFE and the JEEP II-rector are important. The Institute develops instruments which are vital to the ESS. IFE is a recognized partner and we look forward to a long lasting cooperation”.
The “world longest ongoing” research project continues for a new three-year period.
The continuation of the OECD-NEA Halden Reactor Project research program for 2018-2020 was signed in Paris on the 8 of December 2017.
Safety assessment report of the JEEP II research reactor
IFE has received the complete report from the Integrated Safety Assessment of Research Reactors (INSARR) in October 2017 from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Nuclear research in a new era
Safety always comes first at IFE. We continuously work on improving safety and our safety culture.
Irradiation of concrete. IFE signs a new contract with the Japaneese company Kajima
The contract was signed on the 3rd of November in Halden. The contract has an option for an extension of 2-3 years with a total value of 3-4,5 mill. euros
Press release: Increased governmental funding to handle Norway's nuclear waste
The Norwegian Government today published the national budget proposal for 2018. IFE is pleased that the Norwegian State is taking responsibility for the handling of nuclear waste and the challenges associated with future decommissioning of research reactor facilities in Norway.
IFE does not violate international safety rules
IFE does not violate international safety rules, contrary to what NRK.no and NTB writes today.
World's nuclear experts meet at Halden Reactor Project (HRP)
Norway's biggest international research project gathered 250 delegates for the EHPG conference held in Lillehammer between 24 and 29 September. EHPG stands for Enlarged Halden Program Group, and this conference is organised every two years as part of the management of the Halden Reactor Project. Nuclear safety experts from all over the world gather at these conferences in order to share their experiences and develop new security safety solutions for nuclear power plants.
IAEA mission says research reactor operator in Norway is committed to safety
A team of eight reactor experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has for one week undergone the safety of the JEEP II research reactor at Kjeller. The expert group concludes that IFE strongly emphasizes safety and security work in its operations.
International expert group reviews the safety of IFE's research reactor at Kjeller
Between 3 and 10 October, a group of eight international reactor experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will review the operational safety of the JEEP II reactor at Kjeller. This will lead to a review of the safety culture at IFE in March 2018.
Untrue rumours about an on-going incident at the Halden Research Reactor in Norway
IFE has been made aware of stories about an on-going incident involving a “meltdown” at the Halden Reactor that currently are circulating in some European media and websites.
The Netherlands re-join the Halden Reactor Project
The Netherlands signed the Halden Agreement on December 1st and will formally become the 20th member country in the Halden Reactor Project (HRP) after the formal acceptance from the Halden Board during their Paris meeting on December 9th, and after the approval of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Cost reduction measures at IFE
IFE has experienced a significant market downturn in several of its business areas in the energy sector in the second half of 2016. Experimentally-based R&D for the nuclear power industry continues to be financially challenging in the current market environment of low energy prices. In addition, several other sectors at IFE have been significantly affected by the substantial drop in oil prices with subsequent reduction in activities.
Director General, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) featured a keynote speech at the Enlarged Halden Programme Group (EHPG) meeting in Norway
The 39th meeting of the EHPG gathered 250 delegates from 22 countries
Joint press release: Lightbridge and IFE sign contract
Lightbridge and IFE sign contract for irradiation testing and related activities at Halden reactor. The agreement is a strategic milestone toward generating data for regulatory approval of Lightbridge metallic nuclear fuel.
Students learn about neutron scattering in the JEEP II reactor
In order to study materials at atomic level, advanced instruments and techniques are required. The JEEP II reactor at Kjeller produces neutrons that make it possible to “see” even the smallest and lightest of atoms, like hydrogen and carbon.
Development of new neutron detectors
Right now, important steps are being made in the design and development of new, large-scale neutron detectors that will be part of the instrumentation in the world’s most powerful neutron source; the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden.
Brighter future with new solar lab
Monday 20th of April King Harald V of Norway visited IFE to present the Gunnar Randers Research Prize and open the Institute’s new solar lab building.

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IFE seeks PhD Candidate within silane decomposition reactor technology
The Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) is an independent international research foundation based in Kjeller near Oslo. IFE is at the forefront of several research fields within energy research, environmental and nuclear technology, and develops new technological solutions for industry and the public sector in more than 30 countries. IFE has about 600 employees and an annual turnover of about NOK 850 Million.