Most funding for European Spallation Source completed: Swedish minister

STOCKHOLM, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Most funding for the European Spallation Source (ESS) has completed, said Swedish Education Minister Jan Bjorklund at Visby, Sweden, on Friday.

"Today is a big day for Swedish research," Bjorklund said at a press conference, adding that "97.5 percent of funding" was completed for the ESS. And he was optimistic that the remaining funding would be raised.

Bjorklund said, the last large financial negotiations were completed over the last few days, when contributions from Germany, about 11 percent of the total funding, were agreed upon. As the host country, Sweden contributes about 35 percent of the total funding.

The ESS, will be built in Lund, northern Sweden, and its data management center will be in Copenhagen, Danmark. About 17 European countries are taking part in the ESS project.

The European Spallation Source (ESS) is a multi-disciplinary research center based on the world's most powerful neutron source. This new facility will be around 30 times brighter than today's leading facilities, enabling new opportunities for researchers in the fields of life sciences, energy, environmental technology, cultural heritage and fundamental physics.