4th November 2015


Opening of the DyNaLab Nacelle Testing Laboratory

On October 20, the opening ceremony of the DyNaLab Wind Turbine Test Bench was held in Bremenhaven (Germany). Idom has been working on the project over the last four years.

Working for the Fraunhofer Institute, our firm has developed the engineering and architecture of the building, ancillary installations, and the special foundations, as well as the delivery of the Turnkey project for the entire test bench.

The event was held at the test bench facilities and was attended by around 300 people, including German authority officials and representatives of the industry from across Europe. Following the speeches of the representatives of the Fraunhofer Institute and the German Authorities, there was a demonstration of the test bench and a guided visit of the facilities.

The event, an important milestone for the wind industry, has had extensive media coverage. The commissioning of the test bench means that the industry will now have a test bench with outstanding capacity to further develop and improve the elements of wind generators. Idom is proud to have been involved in such a prestigious project, which, on a professional level, will serve to further enhance our reputation in the field of wind energy on a global scale.

Video: DyNaLab Nacelle Testing Laboratory .

11th August 2015


First Rotation of the Solar Telescope (DKIST)

The week of July 20th 2015 the Enclosure of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope -designed and fabricated by IDOM- was downloaded from the temporary supports on which it was erected at the Site and performed the first azimuth rotation.

The Enclosure, which was assembled and tested in the factory during late 2013 - early 2014, is now being erected at the Haleakala Observatory (Maui, Hawai’i) under the supervision of IDOM. Although the erection process is still far from complete, the first azimuth rotation is an important milestone that has been successfully achieved.

The DKIST, formerly the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), is a 4-m class domed solar telescope (the largest solar telescope in the world), with unprecedented abilities to view details of the Sun. Its Enclosure is unique in that it positions the optical system’s first aperture stop and tracks the sun’s motion with millimeter-level accuracy, protecting observatory components from excess insolation. Its azimuth and altitude systems are driven by mechanisms especially designed to perform smooth operations at tracking speeds.

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) is a facility of the National Solar Observatory (NSO). NSO is funded by the National Science Foundation under a cooperative agreement with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.

7th July 2015



Last Saturday 27th of June, a Commemoration Ceremony for the 30th Anniversary of the Canary Observatories took place at the Teide Observatory in Tenerife. His Majesty the King Felipe VI presided over the ceremony and inaugurated the QUIJOTE Experiment alongside 6 robotic telescopes, All of them were referred to by the King as "landmarks in the History of our Science and our Astronomy".

The Quijote Experiment is comprised of two 2.5m telescopes which have been designed and supplied on a turnkey basis by IDOM. The project aims to detect the gravitational waves originated during the accelerated expansion of the Universe after the Big Bang and thus, to confirm the inflation theory developed back in the 80s.

The first of the Telescopes, named Quijote I, has been in service since 2012 and operates in the frequencies of 11, 13, 17 and 19 GHz. It is devoted to the characterization of the polarised emissions from the interestellar Galactic dust. This manner, it is expected to identify an important contaminant component that affects the acquisition of the desired signal.

Being the supply of the second of the Telescopes finished by the end of 2014, the Quijote II Telescope will operate in the frequencies of 30 and 40 GHz. The main purpose of this telescope is to characterize the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Backgorund (CMB) and to deted the so-called " B modes" of the FCM polarization, which are considered to be a consequence of the gravitational waves at the origin of the Universe.

24th April 2015


Clemson SCE&G Center is ENR Editors' Choice

Last month of March, the Engineering News Record magazine, a renowned international publication in Construction Engineering, announced the winners of the Best of the Best Projects 2014 ., a recognition of the top examples of design and construction excellence among completed work in the USA during the preceding year. For the first time, ENR has honored the winning project teams in the 50th Annual Award of Excellence Celebration held last 17th of April in the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York. Competing with the top regional projects that moved up to the national competition, Editors’ Choice Award ., a distinction that recognizes the most standout project amongst the winning projects in the 19 different categories. Furthermore, ENR magazine editors have also recognized Dr. Nikolaos Rigas, the Executive Director of the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI), as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers . for his outstanding accomplishments in leading this unique testing facility that will have considerable benefits for the American Wind Energy Industry.

Representatives from Clemson University Restoration Institute, as the Owner of the Research Center, Choate Construction Co., the General Contractor, and IDOM, the Lead Design Firm for this project, attended the Ceremony on behalf of all the team members and received these prestigious Awards.

From left to Right: Matt Brewer, Senior Vice-president of Choate Construcion Co., Thomas Lorentz, Senior Vice-president of AEC-Idom, John Dudas, Senior Vice-president of Choate Construction Co., Armando Bilbao, Operations Manager of Idom ADA, Javier Ariño, Senior Systems Engineer of Idom ADA, Dr. Nikolaos Rigas, Executive Director of CURI, and Iñigo Eletxigerra, Project Manager in Idom ADA.

17th March 2015


ENR Magazine awards Best of the Best Projects 2014

The Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine, an international publication reporting on construction industry worldwide, has announced the top winners of the annual competition for the Best of the Best Projects 2014 . The award for the best project in the USA within the category of Industry / Energy has been given to CLEMSON University's SCE&G Energy Innovation Center in North Charleston.

Idom has been responsible for the Architecture design, complete Engineering and Owner’s Engineering during all phases of the project of this world-class leading research facility that allows the wind industry to conduct tests in a reduced time on the next generation off-shore windturbines.

The SCE&G Energy Innovation Center had previously been winner of the regional Best Projects 2014 competition, after which it moved up to the national contest competing with the other regional winners in the same category. A new national panel of judges then had to distinguish the best project in terms of teamwork, safety, innovation, quality and design functionality.

10th October 2014


In search of Big Bang gravitational waves

In the frame of the International Philosophy of Cosmology Conference recently held in Tenerife, in which a panel of around sixty experts from mainly European and American Universities have participated, Professor Rafael Rebolo, Director of the IAC, announced that the QUIJOTE Experiment, installed at the Teide Observatory, could be able, by the end of 2015, to detect and measure the signal from gravitational waves sourced from the Big Bang, which would provide strong evidence for demonstrating the inflation theory during the first instants of the Universe.

The Director of the IAC, pointed to the greater number of active frequencies available for observations, 6 in total, which were carefully selected in order to avoid the corrupting influence of cosmic dust, as the distinctive characteristic of the QUIJOTE Experiment that puts the experiment in a favorable position with respect to other current research projects chasing the same objective.

In the light of the significance of the possible outcome in the study of the early stages of the Universe, IDOM is proud of having contributed to the project with the delivery of the first telescope, operative since November 2012, the integration and testing of the 5 polarimeters of the first instrument, the design and construction supervision of the building that protects both telescopes, and the turn-key supply of the second telescope, which is to see the first light in December 2014.

4th September 2014


CLEMSON University 15MW WTDTTF Rated Leed Gold

CLEMSON University's South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G) Energy Innovation Center, has been awarded the LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building (USGBC) less than a year after its opening.

The achieved LEED Gold status for this world-class energy research facility capable of full-scale, highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines, comes as a recognition of AEC-IDOM project team successful integration of sustainability and efficiency in the design and construction process.

Some of the main sustainable features that led to achieving the LEED Gold rating include an advanced technology design that recovers 75-80 percent of 22.5MW needed for the operation of the test, as well as the recycling and repurposing of more than 50 percent of the existing building materials.

Further measures such as careful selection of indoor materials, installation of monitoring systems for indoor air quality enhancement and the use of highly reflective roofing and cladding systems were other attributes that resulted in the Gold rating.

25th August 2014


Managing the logistics for the DKIST Enclosure

Following the disassembly of the DKIST Enclosure at the Factory site in Spain, IDOM is now in the final stages of the packaging and shipping operations of the enclosure components for their delivery to its final destination, Hawaii, completing thus the last significant milestone before the start of the Site Assembly works of the DKIST Enclosure at the Haleakala Observatory. Since early July, the 550 tones of the DKIST Enclosure, comprising all the structural, mechanical, cladding, electrical and control components, have been carefully listed and packed into 51 40ft standard containers, of which 48 of them are now already on their way to Hawaii. Three additional custom transport cages, the largest being 8.4m long, 3.3m high, 7.3m wide, have been procured to protect the large Enclosure shutter sectors during their transport to the Observatory site. Being their shipping scheduled for Aug. 26th, special transport operations for their trucking from the Factory Assembly and Testing Factory in Basauri to the Port of Bilbao, Spain, were undertaken all along the previous week.

24th July 2014


A new contract for Idom, within the ITER project

In addition to the current tasks that Idom has been executing for ITER, the world's largest fusion energy project —the engineering support to the owner and some special projects such as the conceptual development of Test Blanket Modules—, we can now add another major project, the integration design of "diagnostics" into ITER "ports".

Idom has signed this multimillion contract covering engineering integration services during the next 4 years with Fusion for Energy (F4E), the European Union organisation managing Europe's contribution to ITER.

The "diagnostics" are technologically advanced scientific instruments for evaluating the characteristics of the plasma generated inside the nuclear reactor, the Tokamak. The "ports" are complex systems that allow access to the interior of the Tokamak —subjected to extreme temperature conditions and unprecedented high intensity electromagnetic fields—, designed under the strict safety and quality requirement standards applied to nuclear facilities.

Idom will address the integration of twenty "diagnostics" in seven "ports" of the Tokamak,. To perform this task, we will collaborate with designers and specialized diagnostic laboratories in Europe, USA, Japan, India and China.

13th June 2014


SPIE 2014 Conferences on Telescopes & Instruments

IDOM will take part on the SPIE Conferences on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation that will be held on the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal (Quebec, Canada) on 22 - 27 June 2014.

SPIE 2014 Website

IDOM will be presenting six papers on the factory assembly and testing of DKIST Enclosure, on the E-ELT Telescope and Dome, on the QUIJOTE CMB second Telescope Unit and on the Wide FastCam instrument.

If you are attending the conferences, we would like to kindly invite you to get in touch with any of our representatives there, and to visit our booth (#401) in the Exhibition hall.

11th March 2014


Ceremony of the Enclosure of the Solar Telescope

On Tuesday, March 11, the Handing-Over Ceremony of the Enclosure of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (DKIST / ATST) to its owners, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) was held in Basauri (Biscay, Spain). The dome has been developed, constructed and delivered to AURA as a turnkey project.

The event began with some words of welcome and appreciation from the president of Idom, Fernando Querejeta, and continued with presentations by the project managers, Gaizka Murga from Idom, and Heather Marshall, Joseph McMullin and Thomas Rimmele from AURA.

On the occasion, some remarks were also made by the authorities attending, the Deputy General of Bizkaia, José Luis Bilbao; the Minister of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Basque Government, Arantza Tapia; and the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela.

After the Aurresku, a Basque dance in honour of the authorities and the "farewell" ceremony, the public attending, some 150 persons, had the opportunity to see a demonstration of the movement of the dome: an accelerated motion video of the path that will be taken to follow the sun.

2nd October 2013


ATST Enclosure Factory Assembly

On September 19th, HILFA and GOMETEGUI, two of IDOM’s main subcontractors for the ATST enclosure manufacture and assembly, hosted a presentation of the project at HILFA’s premises. The ATST will be the world’s largest and most powerful solar telescope.

IDOM, telescope enclosure designer and turnkey system supplier, also participated in the event, which was attended by representatives of the Biscay Regional Government and the Basque Government Agency for industrial and technological development.

Jon Zarandona, from HILFA, and Alfredo García, from Gometegui, underlined the project distinctive features, emphasizing the strength of the Basque Industry to undertake large scale international projects on a collaboration basis between top-level companies.

At the time of the presentation, most of the dome fabrication and assembly works had been completed, thus being the enclosure prepared for undergoing the Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) in the following months. After its completion, which is expected by the end of this year, the enclosure is going to be disassembled and shipped in containers to Hawaii, where site assembly works will take place at the Haleakalā observatory located in the island of Maui.

26th April 2013


NAREC wins prestigious Robert Stephenson Awards

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East has announced the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) as the winners of this year’s prestigious Robert Stephenson Awards.

Presented by the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Professor Barry Clarke, at ICE North East’s annual dinner, the awards recognised projects in the ‘Under £4million’ and ‘Over £4million’ categories. Narec was the winning project in the over £4m category.

The prize has been awarded to NAREC for "demonstrating great technical ingenuity both in the design and construction processes",according to judge's comments.

Idom has contributed to the awarded project of the 15MW Wind Turbine Drive Train Test facility with the design of the concrete foundation and steel supports for the test piece,force application system and motor, as well as technical assistance for the supervision of steel components fabrication and on-site works .

NAREC press release

ICE Website

13th April 2013


DyNaLab design and construction awarded to IDOM

Last week the Fraunhofer institute IWES awarded IDOM a contract for the design and construction of the DyNaLab (Dynamic Nacelles Laboratory) test bench for wind turbines, in Bremerhaven, Germany. It will be the first such facility in Germany, capable of testing complete nacelle systems ranging from 2 to 7,5 MW. The test bench is planned for commissioning at the end of 2014.

IDOM brings to the DyNaLab project its long-ranging experience in wind turbine testing facilities. Past projects such as the CENER in Sangüesa, Spain, have been well regarded by IWES. IDOM has partnered for this project with ABB Switzerland, a leading company in the development of converter technology for wind turbine testing facilities.

IDOM participates in the DyNaLab project since July 2012 as Generalplaner for the building that will host the DyNaLab test bench.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES recently published related press release regarding the nacelle test stand contract awarded to Idom can be found at Fraunhofer IWES Pressemitteilungen - Deutsch and Fraunhofer IWES press release - English

12th April 2013


FUJIN Foundation & Support System-Completed

In March 2013 was completed the installation of the Test Rig Foundation and Support System for FUJIN Project (NAREC’s Offshore wind turbine drive train test facility up to 15 MW-wind turbines).

On-site works started in February 2012 with the installation of 60 18-m-deep-piles. On-site works were resumed in June 2012 with the excavation and the reinforcement placement for a 4-m thick foundation slab. These rebar works needed to be coordinated with the high-precision installation (tolerances of just a few millimeters) of an embedded anchoring system for the testing floor.

In September 2012, this slab was monolithically poured (1600 m3) through a continuous process which lasted more than 18 hours. Later pourings were carried out for the concrete superstructures for FAS and PMM systems.

In early 2013, the steel supports for FAS and PMM systems (110 tones) were ready at the facilities for assembly (tolerances considerably below 1 mm) by means of preloaded T-bolts (ø 80mm).

4th January 2013


QUIJOTE CMB Experiment Telescope First Light

QUIJOTE CMB Experiment First Telescope, designed and fabricated by IDOM, went through the First Light Observations successfully in November 2012 with the Multi-frequency Instrument (MFI). The observations performed in the Cygnus-Loop region, the Crab nebula and the Moon showing good correlation with the observations previously performed by the WMAP telescope.

Detail results can be found at QUIJOTE CMB Experiment website: QUIJOTE CMB Experiment Telescope Results

The Q-U-I JOint TEnerife CMB Experiment is a collaborative effort of several European Institutions led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) to measure the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background in the frequency range between 11 GHz and 30GHz at angular scales of 1°.

3rd December 2012


ATST Crawler Mechanism early unit tests

An early unit for the Crawler Drive Mechanism for the ATST Enclosure Shutter has been successfully tested in the test bench prepared for the purpose. The Functional Tests performed on the crawler mechanism so far have verified the performance of the mechanism is exceeding the expectations. Additional accelerated Endurance Tests are currently being conducted on the same early unit

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), who attended the functional tests at Bilbao, has recently published a movie of the application in the project web site. ATST Shutter Crawler Website

5th October 2012


PlanetCam at Calar Alto Observatory

Members of the Planetary Sciences Group at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and IDOM conducted the first light of PlanetCam-UPV/EHU visible arm in the 1.23m Telescope at the Calar Alto Observatory. Along the three nights assigned by the Observatory (July 28, 29 and 30th) not only the functionality of the instrument was tested (including alternative configurations), but also significant scientific observations were performed. The observations included planets like Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter and Venus, but also other objects for camera calibration and performance testing.

PlanetCam-UPV/EHU is a two-channel fast acquisition and low-noise camera designed for a multispectral study of the atmospheres of the planets and some satellites at high temporal and spatial resolutions simultaneously in visible (0.4 -1mm) and NIR(1-2.5 mm) channels. This is accomplished by means of a dichroic beam splitter that separates both beams directing them into two different detectors. Each detector has its own filter wheels corresponding to the characteristic absorption bands of each planetary atmosphere. Images are acquired and processed using the “lucky imaging” technique in which several thousand images of the same object are obtained in a short time interval, co-registered and ordered in terms of image quality to reconstruct a high-resolution ideally diffraction-limited image of the object.

For further details, please visit the UPV/EHU website at: PlanetCam

3rd July 2012


IDOM ADA Renewed Website

We are pleased to welcome you to our renewed website, designed with a fresh new look and updated with the latest information about our projects and services.

This site is dedicated to the activity developed and led by IDOM ADA, part of IDOM Group -you will find more information of the company at www.idom.com.

We would like to encourage you to contact us for further information and to explore ways of collaboration. See the Contac Us section, send an email to ada@idom.com, or call us to +34 944 797 676.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site!

1st July 2012


SPIE 2012 Conferences on Telescopes & Instruments

As in previous editions, IDOM is actively participating in the SPIE Conferences on Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, that are taking place this week in Amsterdam.

These conferences are considered "the most prestigious event for developers of space- and ground-based telescopes, supporting technologies and the latest instrumentation".

In this edition, IDOM will be presenting 6 papers, dealing with the detailed designs and construction plans for the domes of the largest telescopes of their type (E-ELT and ATST), telescope systems and instrumentation, and novel methodologies, based on BIM techniques, for the development, construction and operation of large scientific projects.

If you are attending the conferences, we would like to kindly invite you to get in touch with any of our representatives there, and to visit our stand in the Exhibition hall.

1st May 2012


ATST Enclosure Final Design Review

Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) Enclosure Final Design Review was held on January 18-19th 2012 at IDOM headquarters in Bilbao (Spain). Attendees to the review meeting included members of ATST Team at the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), External Reviewers, AEC IDOM and Observatory Sciences Ltd. (OSL). After a comprehensive review of the Enclosure Final Design that lasted for two days the review was officially passed.

AEC IDOM was awarded the design of the Enclosure of the ATST by AURA in June 2010. After one year and a half of fruitful collaboration between both parties the Final Design Data Package was delivered in December 2011. ATST will be the largest solar telescope in the world, with unprecedented abilities to view details of the Sun. Using adaptive optics technology, ATST will be able to provide the sharpest views ever taken of the solar surface. It is expected that the 4-meter telescope will have a significant impact on the study of stellar magnetic fields, plasma physics and astronomy, allowing scientists to learn even more about the Sun and solar-terrestrial interactions. The ATST project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), which includes the National Solar Observatory (NSO). The ATST Enclosure is a large moveable structure, about 72ft [22m] high and 87ft [26.6m] in diameter, which provides the ATST telescope an unobstructed field of view during observation, while prevents direct solar radiation on components other than the primary mirror (M1). For that, the Enclosure positions the telescope Aperture Stop in azimuth and altitude, by means of the Azimuth Mechanism and the Shutter System respectively.

1st December 2011


PlanetCam - Design & Manufacture

PlanetCam is a two-channel fast-acquisition and low-noise camera designed for a multispectral study of the atmospheres of the planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) and some satellites (Titan) at high temporal and spatial resolutions simultaneously in visible (0.4-1 mm) and NIR (1-2.5 mm) channels. This is accomplished by means of a dichroic beam splitter that separates both beams directing them into two different detectors. Each detector has its own filter wheels corresponding to the characteristic absorption bands of each planetary atmosphere. Images are acquired and processed using the “lucky imaging” technique in which several thousand images of the same object are obtained in a short time interval, co-registered and ordered in terms of image quality to reconstruct a high-resolution ideally diffraction-limited image of the object.

Those images will be also calibrated in terms of intensity and absolute reflectivity. The camera will be tested at the 50.2 cm telescope of the Aula EspaZio Gela (Bilbao) and then commissioned at the 1.23 m telescope at Calar Alto Observatory in Spain. Among the initially planned research targets are: (1) The vertical structure of the clouds and hazes in the planets and their scales of variability; (2) The meteorology, dynamics and global winds and their scales of variability in the planets. PlanetCam is also expected to perform studies of other Solar System and astrophysical objects.

PlanetCam is a project of the Planetary Science Group of the UPV-EHU with financial support from the Basque Government and the Spanish Ministry of Science.

1st July 2011


E-ELT Revised Baseline Completed

IDOM completed the detailed design of the Dome and Telescope foundation of the European Extremely Large Telescope (EELT) for the revised baseline in June. The design review meeting was held in Garching at ESO premises on June 10th and the final FEED Study documentation was delivered in mid July.

IDOM has been involved in the design of the EELT Dome since the preliminary design phase. In this extension of the detailed design phase, the design of the dome and all its subsystems has been adapted to the revised baseline for the EELT, in which the diameter of the primary mirror has been slightly reduced to 39.3m. The revised design features seismic isolation systems for both the dome and the telescope foundation to better cope with the seismic characteristics of the site, Cerro Armazones at 3060m altitude in Chile.

1st May 2011


EST Conceptual Design

The European Solar Telescope is a pan-european project, which Conceptual Design Study has concluded at the beginning of 2011 (http://www.iac.es/proyecto/EST/).

EST is a 4-meter class solar telescope, to be located in the Canary Islands, which shall be optimized for studies of the magnetic coupling between the deep photosphere and upper chromospheres. IDOM has collaborated on the concept design for Transfer Optics and Field De-rotation Systems and on the concept design for the Building and Services.

After the delivery of Phase III Documentation, a Review Meeting was hold in Freiburg on May 2011. At the end of June 2011, the project passed an external review at the IAC in Tenerife. The reviewers, who belong to Lund Observatory (Sweden), ESO (Germany), ATST (NSO, USA) and ATC (NAOJ, Japan), considered the work as very satisfactory

The European Solar Telescope (EST) is a project promoted by the European Association for Solar Telescopes (EAST).

This Conceptual Design Study is financed by the European Commission, involving 29 partners, plus collaborating institutions, from 15 different countries.

1st March 2011


CLEMSON Wind Turbine Test Facility

AEC IDOM has been awarded the architecture and engineering design testing system integration services for the Clemson University Restoration Institute Drivetrain Testing Facility. With two test benches, it will be capable of full-scale highly accelerated testing of advanced drive train systems for wind turbines in the 5 to 15 megawatt range. The facility will be housed in Building 69 of the former Charleston Naval Complex, in South Carolina, USA.

AEC IDOM A&E services comprise all the architecture and engineering activities required for the restoration and upgrading of the existing building to suit it to the new uses, including the design of the particular auxiliary installations (cooling system, electrical system, etc.) and the strong foundations for the test rigs.

System integration services include plant layout studies –with special attention to operational flows, construction schedule and costs–, interface definition and follow-up with other project partners, facility control system overall architecture design and basic construction studies for the building and auxiliary installations for the coordination with the installation, assembly and testing of the test rigs. The facility is planned to be operational in the third quarter of 2012.

More information on the project can be found in: CLEMSON University Restoration Institute Newsroom And about AEC IDOM participation in: AEC IDOM participation

1st December 2010


IDOM features in Technology Review

IDOM’s activity in two of the major astronomical projects of the moment, the EELT and the ATST, is presented in the last issue of the New Technologies in Spain. This series, produced by MIT Technology Review in collaboration with the Trade Commission of Spain, highlights Spanish innovation in different areas. The last issue, entitled Industry of Science, reports on the activity of engineering, scientific and construction companies in major scientific installations. The article can be found in Technology Review Vol. 113 / No. 6 issue (Nov-Dec 2010) and can also be visited and downloaded from the web.

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), with a 42m diameter, will be the world’s biggest eye on the sky. On 26 April 2010, the ESO Council selected Cerro Armazones (3060m), in the central part of Chile’s Atacama Desert, as the baseline site for the E-ELT.

IDOM is working on the integral design of the E-ELT dome since early stages of the design phase. http://www.eso.org

The 4m Advance Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) will be the most powerful solar telescope and the world's leading ground-based resource for studying solar magnetism. The telescope will be constructed on Haleakala, Maui, HI. AEC IDOM Group is working on the design of the Enclosure and the Facility Thermal Systems. AEC IDOM participation

Technology Review is published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The oldest technology magazine in the world (est. 1899), Technology Review aims to promote the understanding of emerging technologies and to analyze their commercial, social, and political impacts Technology Review

The Spanish Institute for Foreing Trade (ICEX) supports Spanish companies activity in the international arena, for which it has a broad net of Trade Commissions of Spain around the world. ICEX

1st July 2010


ATST Enclosure Design Awarded

The ATST enclosure is a complex structure designed to protect the telescope assembly. The enclosure structure includes a wide assembly of mechanical sub-systems which, in addition to protecting and servicing the telescope, allow the entire structure to move so it can point, track and slew with the telescope assembly. Solar telescopes differ significantly from nighttime viewing telescopes, in that the thermal loads from the Sun’s radiation need to be counteracted such that the heat does not Affect the “seeing” of the telescope.

AEC Engineering is part of the IDOM group. The project will be led from the AEC-IDOM office in Minneapolis, Minnesota AEC Engineering has been awarded the engineering design of the enclosure for the National Solar Observatory's proposed Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST), which is planned for construction on Haleakal, on the island of Maui in Hawaii.

ATST will be the largest solar telescope in the world, with unprecedented abilities to view details of the Sun. Using adaptive optics technology, ATST will be able to provide the sharpest views ever taken of the solar surface. It is expected that the 4-meter telescope will have a significant impact on the study of stellar magnetic fields, plasma physics and astronomy, allowing scientists to learn even more about the Sun and solar-terrestrial interactions. The ATST project is funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), which includes NSO.

The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) represents a collaboration of 22 institutions, reflecting a broad segment of the solar physics community. The design phase of the project, to build the next generation ground-based solar telescope, is underway now. ATST Website

AURA is a consortium of universities, and educational and other non-profit institutions, that operates world-class astronomical observatories or "centers", with the aim of promoting excellence in astronomical research. AURA members include 37 U.S. Institutions and 7 international affiliates. AURA Website

1st February 2010


FASTCAM Delivered to IAC

FastCam is an instrument promoted by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) for high spatial resolution imaging using Lucky Imaging Techniques (http://www.iac.es/proyecto/fastcam/).

IDOM has contributed with the design and manufacture of an optical bench in which mechanical and thermal stability is achieved by means of a lightweight athermalized design, to maximize the performances of the instrument when being used for high resolution astrometry.

The preliminary design was presented at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) on May 2009, being the detail design and manufacture launched on November 2009 and finished on February 2010 with the assembly of the different components at IDOM ADA laboratory in Bilbao.

1st October 2009


SNS Rotating Target Mockup Delivered

The target module of the SNS rotating target full scale mockup was shipped from Bilbao port on September 24th, 2009. IDOM, main partner of ESS Bilbao for target development works, has been in charge of the detailed design and manufacturing of the prototypic target unit. Composed of two concentric 4 m long stainless steel shafts and a 1.2 m diameter disc, it will be assembled to the drive module, which is already being pre-tested at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

The aim of the tests is to verify the basic drive configuration of the SNS rotating target design, which includes the evaluation of component manufacturability and assembly techniques, assembly alignment, stability and dynamic properties, and overall drive system performance (seals efficiency and durability, drive control, overrunning clutch efficiency, remote handling operations) The assembly is provided with a shrink disc bolted connection of the disc to the shafts for an easy replacement of the current bulk disc by a more prototypical one –in terms of cooling channels, materials, and others– in further test programs.

Talleres Aratz, with the collaboration of specialized shops of the Bilbao area, has been the main subcontractor for the manufacturing of the testing target module. Final assembly and validation tests were run at Aratz facilities.

SNS is the world´s most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source. In January 2009 the US Department of Energy gave its initial approval (CD-O) to begin plans for a second target station (STS). The rotating target is being evaluated as a possible alternative along with the mercury target option, which is the option currently implemented in the two spallation neutron sources in the MW range (SNS in the USA and J-SNS in Japan). http://neutrons.ornl.gov

In June 2009 Spain and Sweden signed an agreement for a common project for the European Spallation Source. With a 5MW power beam, ESS will be the world leading neutron source. The Preconstruction Phase is being launched these days, with the participation of 12 countries, so far, in the Design Update. ESS Bilbao Website

1st July 2009


QUIJOTE CMB Telescope Delivery

The first telescope for the QUIJOTE CMB Experiment was delivered by IDOM ADA to the Instituto Astrofísico de Canarias (IAC) on January 7th, 2009. This telescope was manufactured and assembled by IDOM ADA staff in collaboration with Aratz Shops in Vitoria-Gasteiz, during summer and autumn 2008. It was shipped in Bilbao Seaport on December 16 th, 2008.

This microwave (11GHz – 36 GHz) telescope is based on an alt-azimuth mount, with the ability to rotate on the azimuth axis up to 30 rpm. It allows the observation from zenith to 28º above horizon in elevation, with a pointing precision of a few arc-minutes.

The following steps of the start-up of the telescope include the integration of the instrument, the electrical and control systems, the equilibration of the whole system and the alignment of the mirrors. The final installation of the telescope at the Observatorio del Teide (2400m in Tenerife island) is scheduled for May 2009.

The QUIJOTE (Q-U-I JOint TEnerife) CMB Experiment , a scientific collaboration led by the Instituo de Astrofísica de Canarias (Tenerife, Spain), consists in two similar antennas dedicated to measure the polarization of the microwave sky in the frequency range between 11 GHz and 30GHz, and at angular scales of 1°