Magnetic confinement fusion technology is based on the same physical principle that keeps the Sun “turned on”, allowing it to produce its energy. This type of process is however highly complex to reproduce on Earth, which is why the scientific community believes that obtaining energy from fusion is one of the greatest technological challenges in the history of mankind.
Studying, designing and building plants that can replicate and manage physical reactions similar to those occurring at the core of stars here on Earth, is the technological challenge focusing the minds of energy research experts.
Eni continues to invest in scientific and technological research on magnetic confinement fusion, considering this to be a turning point in the journey towards carbon neutrality by 2050.
One of the first energy companies to pursue research on magnetic confinement fusion, Eni is also the first major stakeholder in the Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) project.
Well aware of the strategic importance of this forward-looking undertaking, Eni plays a leading role in various projects on magnetic confinement fusion:
- supporting the Commonwealth Fusion Systems to build SPARC, the first pilot fusion reactor
- working in conjunction with MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center in Boston
- collaborating with ENEA on the Divertor Tokamak Test project
- working in conjunction with the CNR.
In his way, offering its contribution to developing international research on energy from fusion.