Over 100 companies at Industry Day for DTT project


ppdtt.jpgOver 170 participants from approximately one hundred large industries and SMEs from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Slovenia and Switzerland, 180 bilateral meetings and tenders for a total of 500 million euro in 7 years. These are the figures of the Industrial Day organized by ENEA to present the first international calls for the construction of the Divertor Tokamak Test (DTT), the large technological and scientific center for fusion research to be established at the ENEA Frascati Research Center, which included 80 leading Italian manufacturing companies, such as the ASG Superconductors (Malacalza Group), Vitrociset, SIMIC, Walter Tosto, Delta T, Mangiarotti, and international ones like the French Air Liquide, ENGIE and Thales, the German Mann, the Spanish Aernova and ENSA.

"The project DTT brings together the excellence of Italian research and significant scientific, technological and innovation impacts on the etrepreneurial world and its ability to meet new challenges. The large attendance to our Industry Day proves it to be  a success in this direction”, ENEA President Federico Testa said at the opening speech. "We expect significant positive repercussions - he added - for the whole country, considering that the DTT is estimated to generate return of 2 billion euro over the years, with important effects on highly qualified employment and know-how across Italy, with a view to achieve excellence in  the Italian production chain in this sector ".

The event was an occasion for companies, experts and researchers to discuss the opportunities offered by the creation of this strategic infrastructure, targeted at reproducing the energy mechanisms of the stars and ensuring a renewable and safe source of energy on a global scale.

Following the presentation of the main components and strategic sections of the project, 50 "B2B" meetings and 130 meetings were held with the scientific coordinators of 5 thematic tables (magnets and cryosystems, divertor and plasma-facing walls, vacuum chamber and remote handling, power supply, diagnostics). The first notice of interest concerning the supply of superconducting wires will be filed as early as next week.

Following the award of the site by the Lazio region for the construction of the DTT at the ENEA Frascati Research Center, construction works are set to start in 2019. Following the Memorandum of Understanding in which Regione Lazio is committed to contribute 25 milllion euro to the construction of a 300 MVA power line and all the necessary primary urbanization works, an ad hoc agreement will be signed by 31 January 2019 to establish timing and procedures of intervention of the Regione Lazio as part of an overall construction plan of the DTT.

In the seven years of construction and  the following 25 years of experimental work, the DTT will involve over 1500 personnel, 500 directly and 1000 in the supply chain, with a 500 million investment. The DTT was created to provide scientific and technological answers to critical issues of the fusion process (such as the management of very high temperatures) and is a "link" between the major international project ITER, which has the aim of demonstrating the feasibility of fusion as an energy source in an experimental reactor being built in the South of France, and DEMO, the reactor expected to generate electricity from fusion energy by 2050.

"The DTT is an infrastructure essential for making it possible to use fusion energy as a power source", Aldo Pizzuto, Head of the ENEA Fusion and Nuclear Safety Department, said "and a crucial tool to consolidate the leading position Italy has gained in the field of fusion thanks to the commitment of our scientific community, which has worked in conjuction with industry to involve several companies in the challenge of building the ITER experimental reactor. Companies that have been awarded contracts worth one billion euro".

The broad participation of Italian companies included companies of excellence such as: Angelantoni Test Technologies, Ansaldo Nuclear, CECOM, Criotec, Demont, De Pretto, LT Calcoli, NIER, OCEM Energy Technology, RINA, SEA Alp Engineering and Tratos.Nucleare, CECOM, Criotec, Demont, De Pretto, LT Calcoli, NIER, OCEM Energy Technology, RINA, SEA Alp Engineering e Tratos.

Developed by ENEA in collaboration with the the CNR, INFN, Consorzio RFX, CREATE and some of the most prestigious Italian universities, the DTT is a 10 meter high-tech cylinder with a radius of 5 meters, inside which 33 cubic meters of plasma will be confined with a 6 milliampere power intensity (equal to six million lamps) and a thermal load on materials up to 50 million Watt per square meter (over twice the power of a rocket taking off).

While the plasma will work at a temperature of 100 million degrees, the over 40 km of high performance superconducting cables, just a few centimeters away, will operate at 269 ° C below zero. The target of the power source is the divertor, key element of the tokamak, made of tungsten or liquid metals and removable by means of advanced remote handling systems.

For more information please contact:

Aldo Pizzuto – ENEA, Head Fusion and Nuclear Safety Department e-mail: aldo.pizzuto@enea.it

For more information on the DTT: https://www.dtt-project.enea.it/index.php