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Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
The applicable national procurement law is French law and specific requirements for PCP/PPI supported by Horizon 2020 grants. This PCP is carried out by Synchrotron SOLEIL appointed as lead procurer.
Section II: Object
SUPERFLAT PCP Process development for manufacture of flat X-ray mirrors
This PIN provides early information about the expected starting date for a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) and about the open market consultation that is organised in preparation of this procurement.
The procurement aims to trigger new solutions to be developed and tested to address the following challenge: manufacturing 500 mm long flat silicon X-ray prototype mirrors with < 50 nanoradian rms slope and < 1 nm p.v. figure errors.
This PCP procurement is a joint procurement by different procurers across Europe.
The procurement will take the form of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) that is expected to start on 13 January 2022 and end in March 2025 at the latest. The PCP will award R&D services contracts to a number of R&D providers in parallel to compare competing alternative solutions. 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 one of the buyer's premises by experts and end-users and in this way the PCP will provide a first customer test reference to participating R&D providers.
This PCP will develop flat X-ray mirrors with optical apertures in excess of 500 mm long and 30 mm wide; slope and figure errors below 50 nanoradians and 1 nm respectively; with sub 0.1 nm roughness. The objective is to improve the quality of X-ray mirrors in response to the evolving needs of accelerator-based X-ray light sources. The initiative is driven in particular by the construction and upgrade of many European user facilities to provide ultra-low emittance X-ray beams for scientists and engineers working in applications addressing many of the global challenges targeted by the Horizon Europe program of the European Commission. To harness their full potential, these facilities require reflective optics of unprecedented quality. The technical challenges include the implementation of reliable and repeatable surface processing tools coupled with accurate metrology. The final result of the PCP will be at least two prototype mirrors produced by a demonstrably controlled manufacturing process. Apart from the direct benefits to the European light sources, the results of this PCP will also act to enhance European industrial competitiveness in this domain.
This procurement receives funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under the grant agreement No No101004728 – LEAPS-INNOV. The EU has awarded a grant for this procurement but is not participating as a contracting authority in the procurement.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
This PIN is published to announce an open market consultation on a future procurement procedure. The PIN is not a commitment to procure.
All interested operators are invited to take part in an online open market consultation that will take place on 19 November 2021 and are requested to register online by 16 November 2021 at the latest by registering via the following website: https://leaps-superflat.eu Information about the PCP and Q&A provided during and as a result of the open market consultation will be available via the same website.
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.