The meeting is a peer review of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability's (OE's) research and development (R&D) activities related to advanced cables and conductors, including high temperature superconductivity (HTS). Under the new Fiscal Year 2010 Budget structure, the high temperature superconductivity R&D activities reside within the Clean Energy Transmission and Reliability (CETR) Program. The revised budget structure reflects the Department's priorities, and a changing emphasis in OE's work. CETR reflects these priorities through the inclusion of activities to develop advanced transmission driven technologies that will improve grid reliability, efficiency, and security.
The peer review is open to the public and will bring together the world's leaders working on the research and development of high-temperature superconductivity for electric systems. There have been a number of exciting advancements in the field over the last year, and this forum gives the superconductivity community an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and integration activities.
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About Peer Reviews
A peer review is a documented, critical evaluation performed by technical experts who are independent of the work being reviewed. The peer review process is an important tool for assessing the U.S. Department of Energy's portfolio of projects by evaluating its goals, objectives, strategy, productivity, and leadership. In addition, it affords an opportunity for industry, national laboratories, and the academic community to network, share best practices, and seek areas of synergy.
The peer review provides program managers with high-quality technical input that can be used to make decisions, set priorities, and allocate resources. It also improves project management and productivity. The peer review process provides:
- The project team with an expert, unbiased assessment of strengths, weaknesses, and specific changes that would improve the project
- Public accountability for use of public funds
- A forum for interested parties to learn about the program's status and plans
- A forum for program participants to learn aspects of other participants' work that is not otherwise available
- A basis for identifying the most outstanding projects for potential recognition
- A basis for identifying the weakest projects so they can be improved or ended before the completion of the R&D cycle
Proceedings from previous superconductivity for electric systems peer reviews are available.
Advanced Cables and Conductors
Advanced Cables and Conductors includes High-Temperature Superconductivity (HTS) enabled devices that have the potential to increase the efficiency of the electric power industry. Some of the possible benefits are a 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 further these devices combines major national strengths:
- Entrepreneurship of the private sector
- Leading university research
- The resources of the National laboratories
The DOE engages in cost-sharing agreements with industry to allow the program to leverage funds, which maximizes research and development achievements within budget constraints. This ongoing program has offered competitive opportunities for three major program thrust areas: Second-Generation HTS Wire Development, HTS Applications, and Strategic Research.
Second-Generation (2G) HTS Wire Development - Scaling Up Industry and National Laboratory Discoveries
This part of the program is aimed at facilitating research needed for U.S. industry to scale up new processes for manufacturing superconducting wire. Innovative approaches discovered at National Laboratories are being developed into commercially viable processes by industry. This technology transfer has led to the U.S. being recognized as a leader in HTS wire development. The program's efforts are enabling U.S. industry to manufacture long-length and high-performance wire, suitable for use in utility applications.
HTS Applications – Large-Scale Electric Systems
The program area focuses on the research, development, and testing of prototype HTS power system applications through teaming arrangements with government and industry. Research teams investigate adaptability issues for using superconducting wire in power system applications such as transmission cables and fault-current limiters. The HTS application projects are demonstrating devices that can improve reliability and strengthen the electric system.
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.
More information about HTS enabled devices can be found on the OE website.