ALBA is a synchrotron radiation facility in Cerdanyola del Vallès near Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was constructed and is now operated by the CELLS consortium (Consortium for the Exploitation of the Synchrotron Light Laboratory), and co-financed by the Spanish and Catalan governments.
After almost ten years of planning and design by the Spanish scientific community, the project was approved in 2002. The facility was redesigned in 2004 and construction was started in 2006. The laboratory was officially opened for experiments on March, 2010.
A few months ago, we were studying the placement of all the world’s particle accelerators to see their relationships to the World Grid. After plotting the World Grid for this area in Gridpoint Atlas, we viewed the plot in Google Earth and saw what is shown above.
This is one of the more interesting plots we’ve come across. Obviously, the precise placement of the facility was no accident.