What we do

ESS Bilbao is an internationally renowned strategic center for neutron technologies which brings knowledge and added value through its in-kind contribution to the European Spallation Neutron Source project to be set up in Lund (Sweden).

The ESS Bilbao Consortium is run by two public administrations, each with a 50% stake. On one side, there is the Spanish State Government and on the other, the Government of the Basque Autonomous Region. Its managing bodies are the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee.

ESS Bilbao is currently working on three work packages as part of its contribution to ESS Lund. These are the MEBT (Medium Energy Beam Transport), RF Systems (Radio Frequency Systems) and the Target. The consortium will also be working on several different instruments, including LoKI, Miracles and Espresso. Further packages are soon to be confirmed, ensuring that the consortium will fill its workload capacity until the end of the project some time in 2022-2025.

The workforce at ESS Bilbao is made up of around 60 highly qualified experts in the fields of physics and engineering. The organizational structure of the ESS Bilbao Consortium is broken down into topic-based groups, each with its own specific work projects.

ESS Bilbao is committed to the quest for scientific excellence and the generation of knowledge in the field of accelerator technologies and neutronic applications. Research into these types of technology will help our society to develop and progress.

The particular added value that ESS Bilbao offers to the society around it is the knowledge that it generates in the accelerator, target and neutron generation fields.

Mission Statement

  • To encourage the generation of knowledge in neutron technologies in the widest sense of the term, from concepts related to the accelerator to those concerning the target and the instruments.
  • To achieve excellence in neutron science and technologies and to become a global benchmark as a research center for R&D&I.
  • To enable ESS Bilbao to take part in projects of worldwide significance which will involve expanding the knowledge of our workforce.
  • To set up a center with a distinct identity which will guarantee its future viability as a neutron technology center.