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February 22, 2019
Hub b30 takes off
The Barcelona Synchrotron Park (BSP) is a member of the Àmbit B30 association formed by companies, research centers, universities, business organizations, trade union organizations and governments of 23 municipalities in the Vallès Occidental, Vallès Oriental and Baix Llobregat districts, which aim to promote the so-called B30 territory that corresponds to the third Barcelona belt as it runs through these three districts where BSP is located.

This 48 km2 large territory (1.03 million inhabitants) is highly industrialized with 29,000 companies (300,000 jobs) and 195 industrial estates (6,600 hectares).

Last spring, on the joint initiative of the UAB University, the UAB Research Park (PRUAB), the Eurecat technology center and the Àmbit B30 Association, the Hub b30 platform was created to promote innovation in SMEs: Hub B30 detects companies’ challenges and needs and offers them appropriate solutions to improve their competitiveness.

The success of the first actions of the platform has led its initiators to sign an agreement to accelerate accessions to Hub b30 and develop new projects and activities related to innovation, dissemination of the activities, as well as debates and exchanges of experiences.
 
February 16, 2019
SENER: wind, sun and moon
Three recent news from SENER give an opportunity to talk about two important business sectors of the engineering and construction multinational company whose Catalan branch is headquartered in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park: the energy sector and the aerospace sector.

The thermo solar plant in Kathu (South Africa) with a 100 MW installed capacity, built by SENER and ACCIONA Industrial, came into commercial operation on last January 30. The plant incorporates a molten salt system that can store solar heat and generate electricity in the absence of solar radiation.

On the other hand, SENER has recently announced that the company will be involved in a large floating offshore wind farm currently under construction by COBRA 15 km off the Scottish coast of Aberdeen. SENER contribution includes, among other things, the supervision of the floating platforms manufacture and the technical feasibility analysis of the wind turbines assembly. With a 50 MW nominal power, this project is expected to be operational by 2020, making it the largest floating offshore wind farm in the world.

Last but not least, SENER has just been awarded  five contracts for the development phase of a future space station in lunar orbit within the framework of the Gateway project called to become the next international space station whose construction is planned for the 2020s (see image).

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February 08, 2019
Barcelona Synchrotron Park’s #10YearChallenge
Let’s take advantage of the # 10YearChallenge phenomenon recently appeared on the social networks, which consists of publishing next to the other two photos of the same person made with 10 years of difference, to apply it to our Park (see image).

On this montage, it can be seen how, between 2008 and 2018, Barcelona Synchrotron Park (BSP) has become a reality with the installation of different companies, among them, the iconic Alba synchrotron operating since 2012.

Undoubtedly, the crisis slowed down the realization of more projects, however, the arrival next month of April of Natura Bissé to occupy its new corporate headquarters reflects the new dynamics that BSP lives thanks to the quality of its offer.

In addition to its high level infrastructures (own 200 MVA electric substation connected to the Spanish grid (220 kV), district heating and cooling, seven telecom operators with their own networks, Data Centers, etc.), the main asset BSP can offer to worldwide companies is its environment conducive to innovation.

We obviously find there the ALBA synchrotron, the largest scientific facility in south-western Europe; the UAB university with 4,000 researchers in 30 research centers and its PRUAB technology transfer and incubation center; the EURECAT technology center; the ESADE business school and its ESADE Creapolis business and incubator center… and a dense industrial fabric of more than 10,000 companies within a 5km radius around ALBA.

The # 15YearChallenge will necessarily be very exiting!
 
February 01, 2019
Eurecat, a provider of innovative technologies
With more than 650 people in 11 centers throughout Catalonia, the Eurecat technology center aims to be a provider of innovative technology to help companies, especially SMEs, innovate and be more competitive, acting as a bridge between the world of applied research and the economic fabric.

One of these 11 centers is located right next to the Barcelona Synchrotron Park (BSP). It is one of the largest Eurecat centers and concentrates a large part of the industrial innovation, a precious opportunity for BSP’s companies. This center houses, among other services, the Plastic Processing Pilot Plant, a worldwide reference in plastics transformation and the largest in southern Europe.

From composites to robotics, from the development of new products to manufacturing processes, from Big Data to e-health, Eurecat provides answers to many sectors, from textiles to food, from financing to automotive, etc.

The news of the last days found on the Eurecat website gives an idea of the wide range of know-how offered:
- "Aritex company and Eurecat help Airbus test a wing to reduce CO2 emissions"
- "Eurecat leads a European technological project for human-robot collaboration in the industry"
- "Biomechanical sensors are applied to improve the monitoring of neuromuscular diseases"
- "Embutidos Salgot and Eurecat investigate the development of more heart-healthy pork products"
 
January 25, 2019
ALBA Synchrotron’s expertise involved in the design of two scientific facilities
On 1st January 2019, the European Horizon 2020 project BEATS (BEAmline for Tomography at SESAME) was launched with the objective to design, procure, construct and commission a beamline for X-ray tomography at SESAME synchrotron (Jordan), the first light-source laboratory in the Middle East (SESAME's Members are, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine and Turkey).

Led by the ESRF, the European synchrotron (France), BEATS involves leading research facilities in the Middle East (SESAME and the Cyprus Institute), and 7 European synchrotron radiation facilities including ALBA Synchrotron.

Two beamlines are presently installed at SESAME, one more beamline is being installed and components for a fourth beamline are being procured; BEATS will be the fifth beamline, dedicated to tomography. Today, there is significant interest from the cultural heritage and archaeology communities for such a beamline. The project will also explore applications in environmental and materials sciences with links to industries in the region.

On the other hand, the Future Circular Collider (FCC) collaboration, where ALBA also takes part in, has submitted its Conceptual Design Report (CDR) for publication, a comprehensive document that presents the different options for a large circular collider (100 km) that would succeed the LHC (27 km) actually operating at CERN under the French-Swiss border (see picture) and would be able to significantly expand our knowledge of matter and the universe.
 
January 18, 2019
Stradivarius will launch perfumes
Stradivarius, which arrived at Barcelona Synchrotron Park in 2017 with the opening of its new world headquarters designed by Batlle i Roig (see photo), had closed the financial year of that year with 1,480 million euros in overall sales, 10% more than in 2016, and with 1,017 stores spread across more than 70 international markets and a website available in 32 markets.

At the end of last year, Sofia Ellar singer was commissioned to inaugurate in Bilbao the most cutting edge and innovative establishment of the Inditex group, a 650 m2 eco-efficient store in terms of water and electricity consumption.

Also in December, Stradivarius announced its alliance with Cristian Lay to launch perfumes. Although the chain had already had small collections of perfumes in the past, its alliance with Perseida, owned by Cristian Lay, is to take a step forward in this category.
 
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