Trieste - Fincantieri has been awarded a prestigious order, worth almost 100 million euros, for a number of high-profile equipment furniture and installations as part of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a project aimed at building an experimental nuclear fusion reactor, first of this kind, and acknowledged as one of the most ambitious initiatives in the world in the renewable energies field.
A temporary consortium has been established for the execution of the activities. It includes Fincantieri itself as the main contractor, its subsidiary Fincantieri SI, active in the field of plant design and industrial electrical, electronic and electromechanical components, Delta-ti Impianti, specialized in mechanical plant engineering, and Comes, specialized in electrical plant engineering.
ITER Organization is the supranational body, headquartered in France, participated and funded by the European Union, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States of America. The organization runs the ITER project, with construction currently underway in Cadarache in the South of France. The project will demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of nuclear fusion, and will allow to gain all the necessary knowledge for the construction of a nuclear fusion reactor prototype. The product will be a first large-scale source of clean and unlimited energy through fusion reaction – also given increasing energy demand – by using cutting-edge technologies specially developed by the countries taking part in the program.
Alongside renewable energy resources, nuclear fusion could considerably help fighting against climate change. Besides its potential inexhaustibility, one of the fusion’s benefits, in fact, lies in the limited production of residual waste, envisaging a power source not requiring CO2 emissions, one of the greenhouse gasses responsible for global warming.