Tokamak Energy has appointed Christian Lowis as its first General Counsel at a time of rapid commercial growth for the fusion energy and high temperature superconductor (HTS) magnet company.
Christian joins after nine years at Rolls-Royce where he has been Chief Counsel for Operations and Procurement. He has extensive experience in supply chain and complex transactions. Prior to this Christian spent 15 years in private practice, including as a partner in a Top 25 global law firm, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, and stock market launches and fundraises.
Christian started at Tokamak Energy, which has 75 families of patent applications for its fusion and HTS magnet technology, in early October. He has immediately joined the company’s Leadership Team.
Warrick Matthews, Tokamak Energy CEO, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Christian to Tokamak Energy during this important new period of growth. We are working with an increasing number of major organisations across the world to achieve our mission of delivering clean, secure and affordable fusion in the 2030s, and Christian’s experience will be invaluable in securing the best position for the company, especially related to our intellectual property and knowledge. I look forward to the guidance he will provide.”
Christian added: “I have been watching Tokamak Energy’s progress for a number of years and am proud to be appointed its first General Counsel. The company has world-leading expertise and intellectual property to protect in the complementary technologies of spherical tokamaks and HTS magnets. I’m excited by this new chapter as we accelerate towards commercial fusion, and the promise of clean energy for generations.”
Formed in 2009, Tokamak Energy is pursuing the global deployment of commercial fusion through the combined development of spherical tokamaks with HTS magnets.
It is the only private fusion company to have more than 10 years’ experience of designing, building and operating tokamaks, a machine that confines plasma – the hot hydrogen fuel – using strong magnetic fields. Enabled by its HTS magnet technology, the spherical tokamak design is more efficient than the traditional ring doughnut shape, with lower capital investment, operating costs and a smaller footprint.
Tokamak Energy is also recognised as a world leader in HTS magnet design, numerical modelling and prototyping. In collaboration with key manufacturing partners, it is focussed on becoming the leading supplier to multiple markets, including propulsion in water, air and space, renewable energy, and science.