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Expansion of the SOLARIS facility is on its way

Expansion of the SOLARIS facility is on its way

On February 4th, 2021, the President of the City of Kraków issued Building Permit for the strategic project “Reconstruction and Expansion of the Solaris NSRC Centre”.

The event is a milestone for the project, meaning that, in a few months, after completion of the current last phase of the engineering documentation, tender for construction works will be opened. The works should commence in the second half of 2021, says Paweł Bulira, Deputy Technical Director at SOLARIS.

The area of the synchrotron will be significantly increased, with new beamlines located in the new section, as it was impossible to locate them in the currently available space. These will include SOLCRYS beamline for structural research. SOLCRYS beamline end stations will enable analyses of the structure of proteins, viruses, nucleic acids, and polymers.

Due to dynamic development of SOLARIS and other opened and planned projects, the concept of the developed building has undergone many changes and optimisation measures in the final engineering phase. This has allowed for inclusion, apart from the originally planned functions and spaces, of a microscope system within the development of the National Cryo-EM Centre. The building will also house a system for recovery and condensation of helium used for experiments, as well as the server room infrastructure.

The value of the investment is 22 million PLN. The development is possible owing to the subsidy granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. For more information, see here:

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