ASSA ABLOY Ingeniería de Procesos develops the project for Salamanca’s Petavatio


One petawatt (PW) equals 1,000 terawatts, or 1,000,000,000,000,000 watts. One petawatt is the equivalent of 30,000 times the average demand of electric power supply in the whole of Spain. Nevertheless, the petawatt laser generates such power in a very short time interval – in fact, if we consider an extended period of time, the power generated will be much lower: the equivalent of one light bulb! Spain is taking part, along with the most advanced European countries, in a leading project conceived to host ELI (Extreme Light Infraestructure), which will build in the next few years the most powerful lasers of the world in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. In this context, Spanish scientists have managed to make Spain the fourth leg of this European initiative – specifically in Salamanca, where the building that will host the facility is currently being built. One of the main goals is to develop applications for nuclear medicine. Between now and five/eight years, they hope to be able to generate new radiology treatments capable of fighting cancer. There are many other applications, such as the study of materials for fusion reaction chambers. One of the challenges is the fact that those materials will be subject to a high level of radiation, and it is essential to know whether they will be able to endure such levels. One of the applications of super-intense lasers is to simulate or recreate those high-radiation environments in order to validate or characterize those materials. ASSA ABLOY Ingeniería de Accesos has developed the access plan in order to safely monitor the traffic of individuals and to reduce the chance of unauthorized persons entering reserved facilities or environments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAP¬¬_UhZ0aHE