One industrial event in connection with the major CERN project for the next decade, the High Luminosity LHC project (HL-LHC), was held at the Park Royal in Warrington, United Kingdom on 22-23 May 2017.
This event follows the 2nd HiLumi Industry Day held in Lisbon in October 2016. Leading companies in the fields of superconductivity, cryogenics, power electronics, electrical engineering, mechanics, ultra-high vacuum or radiofrequency met HL-LHC project engineers to explore the technical and commercial challenges emerging from the design and procurement of the LHC upgrade accelerator, and to match them with state-of-the-art industrial solutions.
This initiative is structured as an event connecting CERN with the potential industrial partners facing the High Luminosity LHC specific technical challenges. It aims to foster R&D collaborations and knowledge exchange, preparing the field for the deployment of the European commercial potential.
In the morning, the presentation of the HL-LHC project was followed by several technical presentations that detailed the main technology domains as well as construction and procurement challenges. The timeline of the procurement to come, and the commercial framework talk gave another opportunity for further discussions.
In the afternoon and on the following morning, CERN to Business and Business to Business meetings on topics relevant to the HL-LHC project were arranged according to participant interests.
On Monday evening, the participants had the opportunity to prolonge their discussions during the networking drinks reception which were held in the Royal Suite Foyer after the meetings.
Furthermore, a site visit to the Daresbury Laboratory was hosted by STFC during the afternoon of Tuesday 23 May. A selection of tours has followed including visits to the Engineering Technology Centre (ETC – they provide integrated engineering solutions for STFC programmes and facilities, campus tenants and other stakeholders), Campus Technology Hub (CTH - a purpose-built engineering facility), The Tower to visit some of the accelerators on site and the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC).