Why is ITER full of business opportunities?
ITER is the biggest international research partnership in the field of energy and can only be achieved in collaboration with industry, SMEs and research organisations. They are the backbone of this project and without their commitment commercial fusion will remain a distant dream.
Therefore, getting the business sector on board and finding the best possible way to work together is high on the agenda.
It’s in Europe’s interest to broaden its industrial potential in this domain and improve its competitiveness in a field that promises to yield long term benefits.
One of F4E’s main tasks is to work together with European industry, SMEs and research organisations. Together they will have to develop and manufacture a wide range of high technology components for ITER such as magnets and the vacuum vessel, power supplies and the cryostat, heating and diagnostics including their respective engineering, maintenance and support services.
Why the new F4E guidelines make it easier to get involved?
The new F4E industrial policy has taken into consideration the input received from the stakeholders during the different rounds of consultation and is expected to improve the participation of industry, SMEs and research organisations. We will offer more incentives and make it easier for suppliers to deliver their services and expertise.
It is envisaged that F4E will:
- Provide financial compensation, on a case per case basis, for the preparation of tenders in a competitive dialogue procedure and for calls for tender cancelled by F4E.
- Share financial risks with contractors by reducing liabilities and guarantees.
- Align obligations and liabilities of contractors to standard industrial practices.
For example: liabilities will correspond as a maximum to the total value of the contract price, or in some cases even below.
- Decrease the financial burden of industry by eliminating performance and advance payment guarantees in low value contracts. There will be no pre-financing guarantee for contracts of less than 1 million EUR and no performance guarantees for contracts of less than 10 million EUR.
- Waive nuclear liabilities for damages to third parties or for damages occurring on the ITER site.
- Pay, if appropriate, an additional cost incurred by the contractor as a consequence of the change in the applicable legislation.
- Offer indemnity to contractors in case of suspension of the contract over a minimum defined period.
- Reimburse additional costs incurred by the contractor in case of delays in supply of free-issue items and envisage payment of liquidated damages.
- Offer contractors exclusive rights to generated Intellectual Property in fields outside fusion and non-exclusive rights in the field of fusion.
- Create standardised tender documentation, model contracts and selection criteria for contracts below 10 million EUR.
- Implement specific measures in favour of SMEs, such as dedicated Information Days to connect
- SMEs with larger industrial suppliers and promote tender opportunities for packages with a size and risk suitable to their direct participation.
- Reduce administrative burdens for contracts and introduce e-procurement through the F4E “Industry and Fusion Laboratories Portal”.
To download F4E’s industrial policy brochure click here