On 4 December 2017, around 100 policy-makers, senior company executives and energy experts from Europe and the rest of the world participating in the ITER project met at the ITER Industry Day, organised by the European Commission in Brussels. The event centred on how fusion is already delivering concrete opportunities for industry and is having a positive effect on jobs, economic growth and innovation. To deliver on Europe's commitments to the project, contracts with over 400 European companies and 60 scientific and research entities in more than 20 European countries are already in place, for a total of some EUR 4 billion. While about 50% of the value of the planned European contribution to ITER has already been contracted, the project offers many further opportunities for European companies in the coming years in several different high-tech areas and high added value industry sectors. Over 30 speakers gave presentations at the event, including Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Frédérique Vidal, French minister for high education, research and innovation, Bernard Bigot, Director-General of the ITER Organisation, Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy, Johannes Schwemmer, Executive Director of the Fusion for Energy agency, as well as members of the European Parliament, industry leaders, and representatives of several other ITER Members (Japan, Korea, and India).
Panel discussions held during the event covered:
- the direct benefits for the economy and society as a whole arising from the construction of the ITER project
- the cross-cutting effects and indirect benefits from the advanced technologies associated with the ITER project
- the international technology cooperation stimulated by the ITER project that is resulting in unique business opportunities for companies in Europe and in other countries participating in ITER.