Howden has been awarded a contract with UT-Battelle (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) to supply an oil-free screw compressor system and the variable-frequency drive (VFD) for the Tokamak Cooling Water System (TCWS). Tokamak is a magnetic fusion device that has been designed to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy.

This development forms part of the international ITER project, which represents 35 nations and is jointly funded by China, the European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States. The project began construction in 2008 and brings together thousands of engineers and scientists. ITER will be the world’s largest tokamak. The members of US ITER are now working on the next phase to deliver the TCWS, which is one of the most challenging parts of the project.