The history of the DTT, just over 10 years long, builds upon the long history of fusion energy research, which began in the middle of the last century, and which involves many countries within a strong international collaboration.

The main stages of the birth of the DTT idea as well as the development of its project are here below summarized:

May 2024

May 2024

he United States Department of Energy DoE proposes to involve the US scientific community in activities on the DTT Research Plan

April 2024

The report of the European facilities Review Panel qualifies the DTT as an "indispensable facility".

February 2024

First release of the Research Plan completed with the contribution of scientists from numerous European Labs

December 2023

Positive test of the pre-series gyrotron. Signing of the contract for the supply of the remaining 15 gyrotrons.

October 2023

The extension of the agreement between ENEA and the Regione Lazio for the financing of the DTT electricity distribution system signed for a total of 34 million

June 2023

The Italian Ministero della Energia e della Sicurezza Energetica (MASE) publishes the update of the “National Integrated Plan for Energy and Climate “. The plan includes financing for DTT from the "Mission Innovation" funds.

January 2023

Project for the construction of the 150kV line approved by the Ministry of Environment and Energy Security

July 2022

A grant of 55 Meuros approved by the Ministry of Research on Next generation EU funds

April 2022

The EUROfusion General Assemply approves the support to the Divertor construction

March 2022

Licensing for Category A ionization source granted to DTT by the Ministry for Ecologic Transition

December 2021

The DTT Assenbly appoints the members of the Scientific Technical Committee

December 2021

The new partner Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche joins DTT Consortium

November 2021

The project for the construction of the new DTT buildings approved by the local authorities

April 2021

The new partners Consortium RFX, INFN, Politecnico di Torino, University of Milano-Bicocca, Università di Roma Tor-Vergata, University of Tuscia join DTT Consortium

February 2020

The new partner ENI joins DTT Consortium

September 2019

The DTT Consortium  is established with the first two partners: ENEA and Consortium CREATE

September 2019

Agreement between ENEA and Regione Lazio signed for the financial support to DTT

June 2019

EFSI portfolio guarantee for 250 M€ European Investment Bank loan is available

April 2019

ENEA publishes “DTT - Divertor Tokamak Test facility – Interim Design Report” (Green Book”).

April 2018

Frascati is selected as DTT site among 9 proposals, as a result of a Call for Interest addressed to the Italian Regions

April 2018

The General Assembly of EUROfusion decides that 60 M€ should be earmarked for DTT in FP9, delaying the decision on the most appropriate involvement of EUROfusion around 2022-2023, when EUROfusion will be able to propose a divertor to be tested or the DTT plant that will be at a stage with a low risk to non-completion

March 2018

Frascati hosts the first national workshop on DTT Physics (“Prima riunione nazionale sulla fisica del DTT”)

December 2017

The activities of Work Package WPDTT2 come to the end, since DTT becomes an Italian project supported by EUROfusion

October 2017

On the basis of the feasibility study submitted by the DTT Team, the General Assembly of EUROfusion approves the principle of involvement of EUROfusion in the DTT facility around 2022-23, within a ceiling of 60 M€ for the divertor system

July 2017

An interim DTT Project Board is nominated and an interim DTT Team is established

June 2017

The conclusion of EUROfusion DTT Workshop held in Frascati is that the design of a DTT facility should offer sufficient flexibility to be able to incorporate the best candidate divertor concept (e.g. conventional, snowflake, super-X, double null, liquid limiter) even at a later stage of its realization

April 2017

MISE (Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico – Italian Ministry of Economic Development) and MIUR (Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca - Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) allocate a financial contribution of 80 M€ for the DTT Project

July 2015

ENEA publishes “DTT Divertor Tokamak Test Facility. Project Proposal” (Blue Book)  

December 2013

The activities of Work Package WPDTT2 (Definition and Design of the Divertor Tokamak Test Facility) start in the framework of EUROfusion for the design of DTT

November 2012

EFDA publishes “Fusion Electricity – A roadmap to the realisation of fusion energy”, which sets out a strategic vision toward the generation of electrical power by a Demonstration Fusion Power Plant (DEMO). It explicitly envisages a facility, called the Divertor Tokamak Test facility, to support Mission2 of the Roadmap