During irradiation in the Halden Reactor data such as linear rating, coolant temperature, or reactor state are routinely stored every 15 minutes, in the case of special events even at shorter time intervals. Because of the long irradiation times of up to several years, a huge amount of data is produced which is considered to be too much for direct input into fuel performance codes. In order to reduce the amount of data, various data-condensation procedures have been developed, which are briefly discussed. An innovative data-condensation method based on multidimensional minimisation is presented. The condensation factor obtained so far for Halden irradiations is 25–40, which is sufficient for a modern fuel rod performance code like TRANSURANUS. This new condensation method avoids all loss of experimental data and doubtful averaging of temperatures associated with other more drastic condensation methods. Up to now, the so-called reactor state variable, which defines the reactor operation (e. g. constant, decreasing or increasing power), has not been used. The introduction of this variable should further improve this new condensation method.