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Switzerland-Geneva: Research and development services and related consultancy services
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Specific requirements for innovation procurement (PCP/PPI) supported by Horizon 2020 grants; Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement; general conditions for Invitations to Tender by CERN.
Section II: Object
Quadrupole Corrector (QUACO) Pre-Commercial Procurement.
This PCP will develop 3,8 m quadrupole magnets with 2 90-mm aperture, an integrated gradient of 440 T/m with 120 T/m in the transverse plane with operational temperature of 1,9 K for the R&D of a large international community towards the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (Hi-Lumi LHC). Its objective is to increase the luminosity by a factor of at least 5 above the nominal LHC design and address the needs of the European Research Area as a focal point of global research cooperation and a leader in frontier knowledge and technologies. The magnets to be developed shall consist of NbTi coils supported by a mechanical structure with an iron yoke and will be integrated in the 2 high-luminosity interaction regions of the LHC. The technical challenges range from materials (e.g. NbTi superconductor cables with very high current carrying density), processes (e.g. 3D printing to precise manufacturing) and design techniques for industry to develop products for a wider range of users.
The R&D services will be performed at the premises of the companies which will be selected by the buyers group within the scope of this PCP. The management of the PCP will be performed at CERN.
This procurement will take the form of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) that is expected to start on 1.3.2016 and end in February 2020. The PCP will award R&D services contracts to a number of R&D providers in parallel to compare competing alternative solution approaches. This will be done in a phased approach with a framework agreement that covers 3 R&D phases (solution design, prototyping, pilot deployments made available to end users from the research communities supported by the buyers group) with intermediate evaluations after each phase that will progressively select the best competing solutions that will be offered a specific contract for the next phase. Testing of the prototypes is expected to take place at 1 of the buyer's premises by experts and end-users and in this way the PCP will provide a 1st customer test reference to participating R&D providers.
The final result of the PCP will be 2 pilot magnets necessary for Hi-Lumi LHC consisting of 2 assemblies of ‘2-in-1’ quadrupoles. Apart from the benefits for the LHC, the results of this PCP will also benefit other R&D programmes related to superconducting magnet technologies.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The open market consultation will be held at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland on 30.3.2016. Interested parties are requested to register for the event by 29.2.2016 at the latest by registering on the following website: https://indico.cern.ch/event/469612/overview Information about the PCP and Q&A provided during and as a result of the open market consultation will be available from the above mentioned website. Background information about the HI-Lumi project can be retrieved from the Hi-LUMI WP3 website, of which QUACO is part: http://hilumilhc.web.cern.ch/activities/wp3-ir-magnets
This PIN and the open market consultation are not part of any pre-qualification or selection process. Responding to this PIN and attending the open market consultation is not a prerequisite for participation in any subsequent procurement.
This PCP procurement receives funding under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Horizon 2020 grant agreement No 689359.