CERN Accelerating science


Centro de Investigaciones  Energeticas,
Medioambientales y Tecnologicas


CIEMAT (Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas) is a Spanish public research institution dependent on the Secretariat of State for Research, Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Its activity is focused on basic research in specific areas and technologies related to energy and environment. It maintains a R&D&I programme in nuclear energy and ionizing radiation which makes it the depository of capabilities, knowledge and facilities unique in Spain, and ranks it as an institution of reference and support to government bodies in these matters.

It holds an intermediate position in the research activity chain that goes from creation of basic knowledge to its industrial application.

CIEMAT’s portfolio of activities includes renewable energies, nuclear fission, particle physics, biomedicine, environmental research, ionizing radiation, scientific instrumentation and medical physics, materials analysis and characterization, computation, energy and environmental system studies. It is active in nuclear fusion (acting as the Spanish coordinator in the EUROfusion Consortium) and in concentrated solar power. It hosts large facilities of the Spanish network of singular scientific-technical infrastructures related to these fields.

CIEMAT contributes to two specific areas of particle physics. On the one hand, it hosts a solid experimental physics group, which contributes to experiments in neutrino physics, astroparticles, and CMS-LHC, where it provides resources for detector instrumentation development, data analysis and computing. On the other hand, CIEMAT contributes to the development of accelerator components for large facilities and societal applications, in particular, superconducting magnet components and related engineering. It has developed new components for facilities such as the European XFEL, IFMIF, and generally, for the CERN programs CLIC, LHC, HL-LHC, and FCC.

CIEMAT has an Electrical Engineering Division that includes an Accelerator Technology Unit and a Power System Unit. The Electrical Engineering Division has organised two academia-industry matching events, both related to applications of superconductivity, including accelerators and gantries for radioisotope production or particle therapy.