Four Big Science facilities and consortiums have been accepted to be part of BSBF2022 as Affiliated Big Science organisations (ABSOs), as a result of the call for ABSOs opened early this year. The accepted institutions are the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS), Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO), Divertor Tokamak Test facility (DTT) and the Test Infrastructure and Accelerator Research Area Project (TIARA).
With the addition of these new affiliated partners, BSBF2022 will feature a total of eight ABSOs belonging to the ESFRI Physical Sciences and Engineering, Energy and Computing Domains. These four organisations join the previous four institutions selected in the previous Call for ABSOs, namely the European Solar Telescope (EST), the Multipurpose hYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications (MYRRHA), the League of European Accelerator- based Photon Sources (LEAPS) and ESS Bilbao. All eight ABSOs will present their projects and procurement plans in two dedicated parallel sessions and will be available for networking with industry throughout all the congress.
· Barcelona Supercomputing - Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the national supercomputing centre in Spain, specialised in high performance computing (HPC) and which manages MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. BSC is at the service of the international scientific community and constitutes an international centre of excellence in e-Science. BSC plans to dedicate around 600 M€ in the period 2022-2026 to five major scientific and technological procurements in ICT and superconductivity areas, being the new MareNostrum5 one of the most relevant among them
· The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) will be the first ground-based gamma-ray observatory and the world’s most sensitive and largest instrument for the detection of very high-energy radiation, which will provide a completely new view of the sky at the highest energies. To do so, CTAO will build and operate two telescope arrays: one in the northern hemisphere on La Palma (Spain) and one in the southern hemisphere in the Atacama Desert (Chile). The total CTAO investment value for the period 2022-2026 is estimated at 270 million euros.
· The Divertor Tokamak Test (DTT) facility is an Italian led project, part of the European fusion roadmap Divertor Tokamak Test, which aims at finding a reliable solution to the problem of heat exhaust in a fusion power plant. The ENEA DTT design was selected in 2017 and the construction was launched in 2019, with the ENEA Frascati laboratory selected as DTT construction site. The design and construction phase will take 7 years, and operation is expected to start in the first half of 2028. The operations should then cover a period of more than 25 years, up to the initial phases of the DEMO realization. About 200 M€ contracts have been awarded, with the main bulk design and construction investment still to be procured.
· The Test Infrastructures and Accelerator Research Area (TIARA) is a consortium of institutions with the purpose to exchange expertise and to facilitate joint R&D programmes in the field of Accelerator Science and Technology in Europe. For the period 2022-2026, TIARA aims at consolidating a structured coordination of the Accelerator Science and Technology community, providing support to the development of the R&I activities along the Research Organizations and Infrastructures involved on accelerator technologies. For such aim, the involvement of the industry is considered as essential.