Spain will present the particle accelerator to European science ministers in Santander

Granada, July 14 (EFE). – Spain will present the Ifmif-Dones project at the summit to be held in Santander on July 28-29, the planned particle accelerator in Escúzar (Granada) and the search for a new clean and unlimited energy paradigm, to European science ministers within the framework of the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The government delegate to Andalusia, Pedro Fernández, met on Friday with the director of the IFmif-Dones Consortium (International Fusing Materials Radiation Facility – Demo Guided Neutron Source), Ángel Ibarra, at the project offices in Granada to learn about progress. In building the main international infrastructure for this technology.

During the meeting, commitment to the stages associated with the construction of the accelerator was revealed.

In September, the Ministry of Science and Innovation expects, through the Center for Technological Development and Innovation (CDTI), to start tenders for innovative public procurement associated with prototypes of relevant project components, worth between 30 million and 50 million euros, for implementation. of contracts in 2024 and 2025.

Added to this is the publication of a new job offer to cover nine positions, an example of “good infrastructure progress”, as these people will join the existing workforce in the fall, which will amount to thirty professionals.

Forecasts of direct and indirect contracting for the implementation of this project anticipate an annual average of more than 1,000 professionals who will carry out their activity in Spain within the framework of this project during the next 40 years of construction and operation of the infrastructure.

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This would mean about 11,000 jobs in Granada alone during this period.

In addition, the consortium will have a strategic human resources plan that considers the direct recruitment of at least 200 highly qualified scientists, engineers and personnel in the next three years to cover the needs of the project.

Fernandez stressed that this international project will make Granada one of the “global capitals of fusion energy”, and specifically referred to the city of Escuzar, where work will begin in 2025 on the main Ifmif-Dones building, which will house the particle accelerator and the rest of the systems of this scientific infrastructure.

The delegate asked the Andalusian Military Council to speed up the procedures for access to the polygon of this city, because an important movement has already begun to appear, which will increase.

Another event already dated on the calendar is the renewal of the Consortium Agreement with the Board of Directors, signed in June 2021 and valid for three years, which included €1.5m financing between 2020 and 2023, assuming 50% for each of the signatory parties. EFE

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