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Divertor Tokamak Test

The increase of energy demand is expected to more than double by 2050. Fusion can provide the Earth with a new safe, almost unlimited, and CO2-free energy and is the ideal complement to intermittent renewable energies to complete the basket of eco-friendly technologies for future global energy needs. The European Fusion Road Map aims at a demonstration plant DEMO (DEMOnstration power plant) producing fusion electricity around 2050. One of the key challenges in making fusion an affordable energy source consists in developing all the necessary tools to handle the large amount of thermal power originated in fusion reactions that leads to localized power loads on the exhaust system (the “divertor”) similar to those of the surface of the sun. The Divertor Tokamak Test facility, DTT, is a fusion experimental device forseen by the European Fusion Roadmap, assessed by EUROfusion, and under construction in Italy at the ENEA Frascati Research Center. The DTT facility will play a leading role in fusion research, the main aim being to explore and develop reliable solutions for the extraction of the heat generated by the fusion process. The construction of the DTT facility has started in 2019 and DTT S.C.a r.l. is the limited liability Consortium for the implementation of the Divertor Tokamak Test Project in charge of the design, construction, and management of the DTT experimental facility. The Consortium organizes industry events at the DTT premises and participates in the main events bringing together the big science projects and the industrial partners. The design and construction phase will take 7 years, and assembly and integrated commissioning is aiming to be completed by 2029, therefore many contracts will be awarded in the coming years. To achieve this ambitious goal, the collaboration with industry is crucial. During the period 2024-2028, significant investments are forseen in the following technological areas: superconductivity and superconducting magnets, large mechanical components, cryogenics, vacuum and leak detection technologies, electrical and power electronics, remote handling systems and diagnostics.

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Francesco
Romanelli
DTT