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Vermont’s Hayward Tyler is providing $5 million in custom-built pump components for the international ITER project’s tokamak cooling water system. ITER is the largest science collaboration in history, involving scientists and engineers from 35 countries, and promises to deliver safe, clean energy through fusion. Unlike fission, which is used in today’s commercial reactors, fusion fuses, rather than splits, atoms and uses the released energy to produce carbon-free electricity.

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Hayward Tyler is providing $5 million in custom-built pump components for the cooling water system in ITER’s tokamak. The tokamak is the part of the reactor that contains the plasma that powers the reactor. Hayward Tyler has the capability to perform radiation qualification on these components, which is essential to ITER’s success. All piping and components in the cooling water system, which acts as a safeguard, must meet French standards. ORNL manages the US ITER project.


Learn more about fusion research at ORNL.

Listen to ORNL’s Sound of Science podcast episode “Fusion: Energy at the Extreme.”

ORNL video: “How the Heart of ITER Will Electrify Plasma.”

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