Howden and City, University of London’s Centre for Compressor Technology are currently working on a 5-year collaborative project - Smart Efficient Compression, Reliability and Energy Targets (SECRET) - which is supported by an award from The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and led by Howden Chair in Engineering Design and Compressor Technology, Professor Ahmed Kovacevic.
This partnership specifically looks at the effect of clearances and heat transfer dynamics within the compressor and the resultant reduction in losses and gains in efficiency.
The SECRET project is a continuation of the solid partnership between Howden and City, combining 30 years of Professor Ahmed Kovacevic’s research on screw compressors with Howden's market-leading technology, which is targeted at reducing leakages in rotating machinery by 20%, and improving the efficiency of oil free screw compressors by 2%, thus contributing to the European Union’s Global Net Zero CO2 emissions directive, which is line with the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015.
This project also contributes to advances in the development of Industry 4.0, in which the team seeks to transform traditional manufacturing and industrial practices with the latest smart technology. To realise this, the project will focus on the short-, medium- and long-term development of Howden's oil free screw compressors range.
The National Centre of Compressor Technologies will also jointly lead on research carried out by Howden and City, which is expected to transform compression technology.