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Catalonia’s particle accelerator granted another €25m

Government strives for ALBA synchrotron to continue being “a reference in Europe”

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18 September 2019 03:11 PM

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ACN | Cerdanyola del Vallès

Catalonia’s particle accelerator will receive a further boost from the government in the form of 25 million euros.

The ALBA Synchrotron light facility, located in Cerdanyola del Vallès at a tech hub north of Barcelona, now has eight beamlines. More are set to be installed with the public funds, increasing the total to 12 by 2023. The amount will also be used to launch a new advanced microscopy center which will have two of the most state-of-the-art devices in Spain.

The Catalan president, Quim Torra, announced this public investment during a visit to the facility on Wednesday, saying that his cabinet wants ALBA to continue to be “a reference in Europe” for research centers.

 

  • "Catalonia’s future is at stake in terms of scientific research"

    Quim Torra · Catalan president

“Catalonia’s future is at stake in terms of scientific research,” he said talking to the press.

Supercomputing center

The new ALBA investment comes only a few months after Barcelona was chosen to run one of Europe’s most powerful supercomputers.

The European Commission granted Barcelona’s Supercomputing Center part of a joint project to build three machines that seek to compete with the US, China and Japan as major supercomputing players internationally. Some 100 million euros are expected to be granted to the Catalan capital’s center.

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  • The Catalan president, Quim Torra, during a visit in the ALBA synchrotron on September 18, 2019 (by Norma Vidal)

  • The Catalan president, Quim Torra, during a visit in the ALBA synchrotron on September 18, 2019 (by Norma Vidal)

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