Project Progress and Industrial Opportunities at ESS French Partner Days

ESS and France.
The second French Industry and Partner day was held February 4-5. A half-day programme spent visiting the laboratories of CEA Saclay and CNRS demonstrated the progress of the French accelerator and detector developments for ESS. This set the stage for the full-day programme at the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research on Friday.

PARIS — Including prototypes of large cryomodules, a view inside the activities in clean rooms and a look at a neutron detector, the laboratory visit part of the ESS French Partner event exhibited the impressive facilities at Institut de Physique Nucléaire d’Orsay (IPNO), Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB) and Institut de Recherche sur les Lois Fondamentales de l'Univers (IRFU) to the many participants from French institutes and industry. The tour of the laboratories helped visualise some of the prototypes that will later on be produced in series and installed at ESS in Lund as part of the French In-kind Contribution to the project. 

The French contribution to ESS also includes collaboration on six of the instruments: SKADI, NMX, DREAM, C-SPEC, BIFROST and MAGIC. The complete contribution to the instruments represents approximately 2.5 full instruments, distributed among six joint projects. Most importantly the expertise and experience of LLB as a partner will strengthen the complete ESS instrument suite.

The second day of the event was hosted at the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research with a welcome address by the Director General, Dr. Roger Genet, followed by status updates of the projects and presentations of supplier opportunities for the industrial participants, both as commercial assignments or in-kind partnerships. From ESS, Director General James Yeck presented an overview of the project, and Mats Lindroos, head of Accelerator Division, Roland Garoby, Technical Director, and Henrik Carling, head of the Integrated Control System (ICS) Division, presented developments within the Accelerator, Target, and ICS projects respectively. ESS Deputy Director for Science and Neutron Scattering Systems Project Leader Shane Kennedy gave an overview of the ESS instrument suite, while Christiane Alba-Simionesco, Director of Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB), summarised the French instrument proposals.

The afternoon session consisted of a more interactive programme with parallel business-to-business and poster sessions from ESS, French partners, and industry. There were about 160 participants present with a very strong turnout from industry, which is also an indication of the strong French commitment to ESS. 

France is a key ESS Partner and the capabilities of the French national laboratories and industry are essential to the future success of ESS. ESS is looking forward to the continued cooperation with French institutes and industry as well as identifying future collaboration opportunities for the construction of The European Spallation Source.