High Temperature Superconductivity (HTS) is a technology that has the potential to increase the efficiency of the electric power industry. Some of the possible benefits include reduction in pollution from electric generating facilities, better electric system reliability, and better power delivery systems in urban areas without new rights-of-way. The Department of Energy's efforts to advance High Temperature Superconductivity combines major national strengths:
- private sector entrepreneurship, leading university research, and
- the resources of the National laboratories.
Cost-sharing agreements allow the program to leverage funds, maximizing
research and development achievements within budget constraints. This on-going
program has offered competitive opportunities for three major program thrust
areas: 2nd Generation Wire Development, HTS Applications, and Strategic Research.
Second Generation Wire Development - Scaling Up National Laboratory Discoveries
This part of the program is aimed at completing research needed for U.S. industry to scale-up new superconducting wire manufacturing processes. Innovative approaches discovered at National Laboratories are being developed into commercially viable processes by public companies. Only short lengths of second-generation wire have been produced thus far, but the performance is far better than any existing wire and the cost-savings potential is significant. The goal is to enable U.S. industry to manufacture long-length wire, suitable for wide-spread use in industrial and commercial settings.
HTS Applications - Large Scale Electric Systems
Participants in this program element are asked to consider new approaches to bring HTS technology to the marketplace. Several projects demonstrating pre-commercial utility applications of HTS technology have emerged and
projects are being developed including transmission cables and power transformer
designs, motors and fault current limiters.
Strategic Research Solving Fundamental Problems
This program element provides the underlying knowledge base needed for the success of the industry-led projects. Strategic research is led by the national laboratories with close collaboration with academia and focuses on research to address fundamental technological issues that will result in a better understanding of the relationship between HTS materials microstructure and their ability to carry currents over long lengths. Strategic Research includes efforts in basic materials processing, systems and benefits analysis, and cryogenic systems.
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