In addition, Tata Steel Netherlands is involved in the development of the vacuum tubes for the Einstein Telescope. This is a new high-tech facility, which still need to be constructed, aiming to detect gravitational waves with unprecedented sensitivity. This instrument will allow scientists to form a new view on the universe and its origin.
The Netherlands is in the race to acquire this billion-dollar project and realize it in South Limburg. The decision on the final construction site is scheduled for 2026. To increase the chance of bringing this ambitious project to the Netherlands, scientists from Dutch universities, research institutes and companies have joined forces and started the Einstein Telescope Technologies (ETT) project, in which the many challenging aspects are investigated.