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The European Spallation Neutron Source (ESS)

Objective

The European Spallation neutron Source (ESS) will be the world’s most powerful source of neutrons. Its design parameters makes it the most cost-effective top tier source for 40 years or more. A genuine pan‑European facility, it will serve a user community of 5,000 users annually across many areas of science and technology. Neutron beams produced by reactors are inherently intensity-limited. The ESS R&D and design phase (>50 M€; all major European labs, >100 top scientists) has shown the feasibility of MW spallation sources. In line with the global neutron strategy endorsed by OECD ministers in 1999, the US has now commissioned its facility, based on an early ESS design, and Japan will follow suit in 2008. The initial long pulse configuration of ESS provides substantially higher power, maximum complementarity and the largest instrument innovation potential. Its technical layout guarantees a long-term top position. ESS will also offer new modes of operation and user support to maximally facilitate industry, in addition to university and research lab users. At present, two official bids for siting with a financial contribution in excess of 320M€ have been made by Spain (Bilbao) and Sweden (Lund). Hungary is expected to come forward with a similar bid soon. From the technical side the ESS is mature and detailed construction design work could start immediately after a positive decision has been taken. The cost issue (WP5) was very carefully assessed in the past and only needs final updating and inclusion of the decommissioning costs. Strategic, legal and governance issues have been investigated by the several possible sites. This information will be updated and collated (WPs 4,6,7). WP 8 will deal with Health, Safety and Environmental questions arising from possible different target materials (WP 9). WPs 1 and 2 concerns the management and the coordination of the project, respectively, and WP 3 the project assessment by an external Advisory Committee.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance

Call for proposal

FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-CSA-Infra - Combination of CP and CSA

Coordinator

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi
Switzerland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 978 032,50
Administrative Contact
Irene Walthert (Ms.)

Participants (10)

CONSORCIO PARA LA CONSTRUCCION, EQUIPAMIENTO Y EXPLOTACION DE LA SEDE ESPANOLA DE LA FUENTE EUROPEA DE NEUTRONES POR ESPALACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 708 796,30
Address
Cl Bizkaiko Teknologi Elkartegia 207 B-ss-2
48160 Derio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Dominique Pilloy (Mr.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 577 339,20
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Wennerstroem (Ms.)
ESS MAGYARORSZAG EUROPAI ANYAGTUDOM ANYI NANOTECHNILOGIAI ES MOLEKULARI S BIOLOGIAI KUTATOKOZPONT NONPROFIT KFT*ESS HUNGARY NC
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 584 397,11
Address
Konkoly Thege Utca 29-33
1121 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tibor Kun (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 732 127,18
Address
Queensgate
HD1 3DH Huddersfield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Denise Ogden (Ms.)
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 289 485,88
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Linda Baines (Ms.)
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 499 823,79
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elke Philippy (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 186 610,10
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paola Corezzola (Dr.)
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE FISICHE DELLA MATERIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 122 849,25
Address
Via Ostiense 159
00154 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Simonetta Paoluzi (Ms.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 159 495,20
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guy Fournier (Mr.)
LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 161 038,99
Address
Rainis Boulevard 19
1586 Riga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pavels Fricbergs (Dr.)