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Nanoengineered superconductors for power applications

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 35619

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2010

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER FESTKOERPER- UND WERKSTOFFFORSCHUNG DRESDEN E.V.

Germany

Objective

High temperature superconductors (HTS) have an enormous potential for significantly improving existing power systems, such as cables, motors, magnets and generators, because higher power densities and reduced losses can be achieved by replacing copper wires . Superconducting materials will also enable completely new technologies, such as fault current limiters. As examples for innovative applications, advanced energy systems for "all-electrical" ships, off-shore wind mills and transportation systems should be mentioned. Although research on the materials aspects of HTS has been highly successful in the past, the development of low cost - high performance HTS materials remains a key factor for success and requires significantly more basic and applied materials re search, in order to bring these emerging materials to the market. The development of HTS materials for power applications is a highly multidisciplinary task involving chemistry, physics, materials science and electrical engineering. Currently, three quite different routes are addressed:
(i) the construction and implementation of first "real" industrial systems based on HTS materials,
(ii) the development of "coated conductors" that will result in an economic HTS wire production, and
(iii) the controlled nano-engineering of highly textured bulk and thin film materials to enhance flux pinning and thus to improve the material performance.
The planned RTN will strongly accelerate these developments by forming an international research team with leading experts i n different areas, who are willing and keen to train young researchers on a broad range of topics, from basic flux pinning investigations, advanced chemical processing of nano-engineered HTS materials or new concepts for low ac loss conductors, to industrially relevant subjects, such as IPR, quality management or cryogenic engineering. This will result in highly trained human resources that will be needed in the power sector in the very near future.

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LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER FESTKOERPER- UND WERKSTOFFFORSCHUNG DRESDEN E.V.

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Helmholtzstrasse 20
Dresden

Germany

Participants (12)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Slovakia

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

INSTITUTE OF LOW TEMPERATURE AND STRUCTURE RESEARCH-POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

NEXANS SUPERCONDUCTORS GMBH

Germany

INSTITUTE OF EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS-SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Slovakia

STIRLING CRYOGENICS & REFRIGERATION B.V.

Netherlands

SIEMENS AG

Germany

COLUMBUS SUPERCONDUCTORS SRL

Italy

ANSALDO SUPERCONDUTTORI SPA

Italy

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 35619

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2010

Funded under:

FP6-MOBILITY

Coordinated by:

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER FESTKOERPER- UND WERKSTOFFFORSCHUNG DRESDEN E.V.

Germany