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Cost effective FCL using advanced superconducting tapes for future HVDC grids

Objective

Sustainability of energy systems goes through high penetration of renewable energy with huge volumes of electricity to transmit over long distances. The most advanced solution is the HVDC Supergrid. But fault currents remain an issue even if DC circuit breakers have emerged. These are not satisfying, whereas Superconducting Fault Current Limiters (SCFCLs) using REBCO tapes bring an attractive solution. SCFCLs have already proved their outstanding performances in MVAC systems, with a few commercial devices in service. However, present REBCO conductors cannot be readily used at very high voltages: the electrical field under current limitation is too low and leads to too long tapes and high cost. FASTGRID aims to improve and modify the REBCO conductor, in particular its shunt, in order to significantly enhance (2 to 3 times) the electric field and so the economical SCFCL attractiveness. A commercial tape will be upgraded to reach a higher critical current and enhanced homogeneity as compared to today’s standards. For safer and better operation, the tape’s normal zone propagation velocity will be increased by at least a factor of 10 using the patented current flow diverter concept. The shunt surface will also be functionalized to boost the thermal exchanges with coolant. This advanced conductor will be used in a smart DC SCFCL module (1 kA – 50 kV). This one will include new functionalities and will be designed as sub-element of a real HVDC device. In parallel to this main line of work, developments will be carried out on a promising breakthrough path: ultra high electric field tapes based on sapphire substrates. FASTGRID will bring this to the next levels of technology readiness.
In conclusion, FASTGRID project aims at improving significantly existing REBCO conductor architecture to make SCFCLs economically attractive for HVDC Supergrids. However, availability of such an advanced conductor will have an impact on virtually all other applications of HTS tapes.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-NMBP-2016-two-stage

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
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€ 290 678,75
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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Participants (12)

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INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
France
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€ 139 274,00
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Avenue Felix Viallet 46
38031 Grenoble Cedex 1

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Isère
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
SUPERGRID INSTITUTE
France
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€ 1 226 930,25
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23 Rue Cyprian
69100 Villeurbanne

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Rhône
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 525 827,25
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
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€ 669 622,79
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Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
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€ 0,00
OXOLUTIA SL

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Spain
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€ 490 000,88
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Avinguda Castell De Barbera 26, Nave 1 Tallers 13
08210 Barbera Del Valles

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
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€ 210 000,37
THEVA DUNNSCHICHTTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
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€ 1 442 437,50
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Rote Kreuz Strasse 8
85737 Ismaning

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Landkreis
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€ 618 187,50
RICERCA SUL SISTEMA ENERGETICO - RSE SPA
Italy
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€ 760 073,75
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Via Raffaele Rubattino 54
20134 Milano

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CORPORATION DE L ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE DE MONTREAL ASSOCIATION
Canada
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Blvd Edouard Montpetit 2900
H3T 1J4 Montreal

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TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Israel
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€ 650 000,00
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€ 0,00
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
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€ 759 668,75
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Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

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Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Karlsruhe, Stadtkreis
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Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Slovakia
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€ 399 947,50
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Dubravska 9
841 04 Bratislava

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Slovensko Bratislavský kraj Bratislavský kraj
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€ 0,00
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
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Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

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SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE
Slovakia
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€ 100 000,00
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Vazovova 5
81243 Bratislava

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€ 0,00