Steps forward for the ENEA Research Project
The Italian government agency ENEA (the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) has begun the detailed planning for a fusion divertor tokamak test (DTT) reactor. The project to build a research centre near Rome will cost approximately €500m, putting Italy at the forefront of R&D into nuclear fusion.
Nuclear fusion research in ENEA is particularly centred both on magnetic confinement – with activities relating to plasma physics and development of reactor technologies – and on inertial confinement. All these activities are part of the EURATOM nuclear fusion programme. Activities involve the EU and Switzerland by way of collaborations with several international research institutions and universities.