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Development and field test of an efficient YBCO Coated Conductor based Fault Current Limiter for Operation in Electricity Networks

Objective

The project aims at developing a unique device for electricity networks: A superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) based on coated conductor YBCO tape (cc-tape) or 2nd Generation HTS tape. The general trend in Europe to a higher meshing of distribution networks and the rapid growing integration of renewable energy sources leads to an increase of the fault current level by every new installation. As substations ratings are coming to their limits network operators have to either decline additional installations to their grids or to upgrade if not rebuild complete substations. The SFCL provides a solution to deal with the increasing incidence and level of fault currents and will contribute to improving the performance, stability and efficiency of electricity grids. It can be applied as a new tool for grid operation and will enhance the flexibility for further grid planning. SFCL are considered to be the most attractive superconducting devices as they offer unparalleled features compared to conventional techniques such as automatic ultrafast and effective current limitation, no external trigger (fail safe), rapid self recovery and negligible impedance during operation. In contrast to conventional solutions resistive type SFCL are also suitable for higher voltage levels. So far developed SFCL prototypes based on BSCCO material are exhibiting significant AC-losses at higher currents which oppose their commercial introduction. Today, the availability of cc-tape in longer lengths at reasonable cost makes a commercial breakthrough of FCL possible with unique features such as compactness, short recovery-time, low AC-losses. Leading industrial and academic institutions from Europe have teamed up to design, build, and test the first full 3-phase cc-tape FCL worldwide. The device will be long term tested or even permanently installed in the medium voltage grid. The strong demand for this device is emphasized by the large number of electric utilities participating as partner

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/superconductor

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

NEXANS FRANCE
Address
4 Allee De L'arche
92400 Courbevoie
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 412 900
Administrative Contact
Katrin De Tessieres (Ms.)

Participants (15)

A2A RETI ELETTRICHE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 17 520
Address
Via Lamarmora 230
25100 Brescia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cesare Ravetta (Dr.)
RICERCA SUL SISTEMA ENERGETICO - RSE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 402 500
Address
Via Raffaele Rubattino 54
20134 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlo Legramandi (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 183 364
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Xavier Boucherle (Dr.)
L AIR LIQUIDE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 210 000
Address
Quai D Orsay 75
75007 Paris 07
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurent Groell (Mr.)
EDISTRIBUCION REDES DIGITALES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 281
Address
Calle Ribera Del Loira 60
28042 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Clar (Mr.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 182 074
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bertrand Dutoit (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 78 005
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Manuel Abad Ruiz (Mr.)
Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 104 880
Address
Dubravska 9
841 04 Bratislava
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jozef Fabian (Dr.)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 180 540
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Natascha Wallburg (Ms.)
Nexans Superconductors GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 483 850
Address
Chemiepark Knapsack Building 2703
50351 Hurth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Damjonat (Mr.)
RWE Rhein-Ruhr Netzservice

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 47 555
Address
Friedrichstrasse 60
57072 Siegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philipp Stöber (Mr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 40 501
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Inaki Laresgoiti (Mr.)
VATTENFALL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 19 850
Address

814 26 Alvkarleby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anders Holm (Mr.)
Východoslovenská energetika a.s.
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 83 500
Address
Mlynská 31
04291 Košice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katarína Urbanová (Ms.)
WESTNETZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 045
Address
Florianstrasse 15-21
44139 Dortmund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philipp Stoeber (Mr.)