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08/04/2021
ASTIP, the future hub for advanced research in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park
ASTIP, an acronym for Alba Science, Technology and Innovation Park, is a vast project to create a large advanced research centre in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park, close to ALBA synchrotron.

More specifically, it will be an interdisciplinary hub for complex materials and biological systems that blends a unique combination of characterization and imaging tools, big data, material growth and device fabrication facilities. It will establish an ecosystem where scientific research, technology development and industrial innovation are merged to create a resilient, resource-efficient and competitive economy, focused on green energy, the digital transition and health.

ASTIP brings together the capabilities of ALBA synchrotron with the existing research, innovation and business ecosystem: Eurecat, the Technology Centre of Catalonia; IBMB, the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona (CSIC); ICMAB, the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (CSIC); ICN2, the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CERCA); IFAE, the Institute for High Energy Physics (CERCA); UAB, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; and the Barcelona Synchrotron Park. All of them members of the project.

The ASTIP project is one of the proposals of the Government of Catalonia to apply for the funds of the European Recovery Plan and it includes: the ALBA II program, that will transform ALBA synchrotron into a 4th generation synchrotron, and three new structures: the Complex Materials and Technologies Center (COMTEC), the Advanced Multiscale Bio Imaging Center (AMBIC) and an innovation hub (SYNDUSTRY) that will help to strengthen the relationship between basic research and companies.


 
25/03/2021
4th anniversary of the setting up of Stradivarius headquarter in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park
Four years ago, the Stradivarius development and design centre started its activity at the Barcelona Synchrotron Park.

The Inditex Group’s young fashion brand chose our park for its proximity and good connection with Barcelona, for its facilities, for being a location that highlights the building’s design and offers an inspiring framework for designers and all its staff of about 300 people.

The building, designed by Batlle i Roig Arquitectura, consists of 33,000 m2 of offices developed over 3 levels and a parking space with capacity for about 300 vehicles. Sustainability is the driving force of the design, with facades that are characterized by an interactive system of vertical fins that, not only act as an aesthetic purpose, but provide high value functionalities that guarantee energy efficiency. This fact, together with the reduction of water consumption, the selection of recyclable materials while keeping in mind their proximities, and the connection to the District Heating and Cooling network of the Barcelona Synchrotron Park, enables the building to become Leed certified.

Stradivarius is a creative company that offers its collections to around 1,000 stores in almost 70 countries around the world and it reported a turnover of €1.75 billion in 2019 (€1.28 billion in 2020, due to the pandemic). As part of the Inditex Group's strategy, Stradivarius will optimize the number of stores to conform to its growing digitalization and the development of online sales.
05/03/2021
T-Systems, a leading IT service provider with a Data Centre in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park

T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom that provides all important building blocks for innovative information technology and digitalization, has a Data Centre in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park since 2014.

T-Systems has been recognized by leading technology consulting firms (Whitelane, Quint, Penteo) as one of the most important IT providers based in Europe, in particular of public cloud services and technology of data centres and managed infrastructure.

The company has been awarded big deals with a total volume of more than two billion euros at the end of 2020 with companies such as Shell, Deutsche Post DHL Group or Heineken. In 2021, RCI Bank and Services, a RENAULT Group enterprise and the financial company of the Renault, Nissan, Infinity and Dacia brands, has also chosen T-Systems to make the leap to the cloud.

Locally, ​​the City Council of Barcelona and the Port of Barcelona trust in the company: on the one hand, the City Council bases on T-Systems the consolidation of its Data Centre, the provision of ICT infrastructures and professional services necessary for the maintenance and management of the council's systems and applications. On the other hand, the Port of Barcelona has chosen the IT company to increase its digitization and to offer its customers, by means of artificial intelligence, real-time information on the access times to the terminals within the port, allowing them to increase efficiency in merchandise management and to reduce the impact of the port activity in CO2 emissions.

18/02/2021
SENER participates in the Perseverance rover which is landing on Mars today

SENER Aerospace is the division of the multinational engineering and technology group SENER (more than 2,300 people in 21 countries) with Catalan headquarters in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park where a strong aerospace activity takes place.

SENER Aerospace is news due to its important participation in the Perseverance rover, which is landing today at 10:00 p.m. (Barcelona time) on Mars, starting the exploration of the Red Planet as part of the Mars2020 NASA mission.

This company has designed, manufactured, tested and integrated the pointing mechanism for the high gain antenna that allows direct two-way communication between the Perseverance rover and tracking stations on Earth. SENER was also responsible for the hold down and release mechanism that provides a mechanical connection during launch and allows the subsequent operation of the antenna in Mars.

The Perseverance's extensive instrumentation will allow to search for signs of life on the Martian soil, collect data from the geological past, and also record sounds of the Red Planet surface.
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28/01/2021
Institutional visit to the Elena Renewable Gas Plant in Parc de l'Alba

In Parc de l'Alba between 2007 and 2011, an excavation made as the result of a former clay extraction activity was used to store waste bales from Barcelona Metropolitan Area waste recovery plants.

The energy company Naturgy is finalising the implementation of a pioneering project in Spain, within the framework of the circular economy, to make use of the biogas produced by this deposit resulting from the decomposition of the organic matter present in the waste. This is the Elena Renewable Gas Plant, a facility capable of collecting the methane present in the biogas and injecting it into the natural gas distribution network, thus using the waste as an energy resource and at the same time avoiding its emission into the atmosphere.

The company points out that the Parc de l'Alba facility will be able to inject 12 GWh/year into the grid, equivalent to the consumption of 3,200 homes with natural gas, and will prevent the emission into the atmosphere of approximately 2,500 tonnes of CO2/year, equivalent to planting some 5,000 trees.

The institutional visit to the new plant took place last week and was attended by the CEO of Nedgia (Naturgy's gas distribution company), Narcís de Carreras; the Catalan Minister of Business and Knowledge, Ramon Tremosa; the Director General of Energy, Industrial Safety and Mining Safety, Manel Torrent; the Mayor of Cerdanyola del Vallès, Carlos Cordón; and the Director of the Parc de l'Alba, Pere Solà.

12/01/2021
2021: the Alba synchrotron begins its mutation
"10 years illuminating the unknown" is the current motto of the synchrotron (see image). And for many more years to come, since in December last year the ALBA Synchrotron Board gave the green light to start working on the ALBA II project in 2021, which will transform ALBA into a 4th generation synchrotron.

The 4th generation synchrotrons, compared to the 3rd generation ones, produce a much brighter beam of light with better coherence properties, providing matter analysis capabilities that are now inaccessible in terms of resolution, detection level and understanding of matter properties.

The ALBA II project envisages the transformation of the ALBA Synchrotron from 3rd to 4th generation through the partial replacement of its accelerator, the construction of new experimental beam lines and the upgrading of some components of the existing beam lines.

The design and construction of the ALBA II project will be carried out between 2021 and 2028, maintaining the current operation of the ALBA synchrotron. A technical shutdown is planned between 2029 and 2030 to install and test the new components, and research activity will resume in 2031.

Since its inauguration in 2010, the ALBA synchrotron has consolidated itself as an exceptional tool for science with more than 1,500 experiments published in over 1,300 articles in specialized magazines. The ALBA II project represents a leap forward that will allow this infrastructure to continue at the forefront of science, technology and innovation.
 
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