An innovative partnership based on revolutionary technology for the production of 99Mo

SMART

A partnership with ASML

ASML is a Dutch company, the world’s largest supplier of lithography systems for the semiconductor sector. The lithography equipment manufactured by ASML is used in the production of computer chips. Created in 1984, the company operates in 60 countries and employs more than 24,500 people, over 9,000 in the research and development department.

The Lighthouse principle: a new method of Mo-99 production

ASML has developed a free-electron laser as part of a study on a potential light source for its future lithography systems. The origin of this electron laser is a high-energy electron beam. In 2015, ASML discovered that this new development could be adapted to produce the radioisotope Mo-99. They created LightHouse to continue the development of the project outside of ASML.
The project is supported financially by the Belgian Federal Government in view of the National Pact for Strategic Investments and by the European Union in view of the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

CURRENT METHOD USING THE NUCLEAR REACTORS
CURRENT METHOD USING THE NUCLEAR REACTORS
LIGHTHOUSE METHOD USING AN ELECTRON ACCELERATOR
LIGHTHOUSE METHOD USING AN ELECTRON ACCELERATOR
Project design

If the preliminary studies and feasibility studies confirm the realization of the project, a production line would be installed on our site, in Fleurus, by 2028.

The SMART project is a rich collaboration of different academic and industrial partners with varied and complementary fields of expertise, which we propose you to discover on the below scheme.

 Project design