The ALBA synchrotron light source is a third-generation scientific infrastructure located in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona) and is the largest in the southern Mediterranean.

This is an electron accelerator complex for producing synchrotron light, which makes it possible to display the structure of matter and study its properties at the atomic and molecular levels. ALBA acts as a giant microscope that makes it possible to analyse viruses and bacteria, create new drugs and make progress in new materials for industry and other applications.

Its functions and structural requirements mean that protecting it against lightning is a highly complex task. And its shape means that a conventional system cannot be used.

The INGESCO Solution:

Since INGESCO specialises in systems for protection against lightning, it implemented the lightning protection for the technical building and other ancillary facilities, by:

  • Designing and installing active and passive protection systems (protection with ESEs (early streamer emission rods) and a Faraday cage).
  • Studying ground resistivity in order to evaluate the design of earth connections.
  • Testing the materials used in the works at our LABELEC high voltage and testing laboratory, which has been accredited by ENAC.

It should also be pointed out that the technical building's systems for protection against lightning were certified by the Quibac Inspection Entity (no. 41/EI069) accredited by Enac, with a favourable report in terms of the requirements of current standards and legislation.


ALBA Synchrotron
Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain