Mr Thomas Parker (European Spallation Source ESS AB)
ESS will be a long-pulse neutron source powered by a 5MW accelerator. Full operation starts in 2025, first neutrons in 2019. Site decision was made in May 2009, three contenders, "Scandinavia" spiced their winning bid with a "sustainable research facility" applying an energy strategy of "Responsible, Renewable, Recyclable". This is now a written commitment from the host government that the facility will be energy efficient, use only renewable power, and recycled its surplus heat. Full delivery on the energy strategy is viewed as a top-level requirement at ESS. The energy strategy is built on local opportunities, and caters to local expectations. It is therefore not universally applicable, but, together with other progress in the field, contributes to setting a threshold for future facilities.