Quick Fact - Superconducting technologies will play a crucial role in the electric power industry: from power generation to transmission and distribution to end use.
Superconducting technologies will play a crucial role in the electric power industry: from power generation (e.g. offshore superconducting wind turbine generators) to transmission and distribution (e.g. high power superconducting cables, superconducting fault current limiters (SFCL), superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) and superconducting transformers, to end use (e.g. superconducting industrial motors, generators and condensers and high-field magnets). Rapid technology development, proof of concept demonstrations and limited commercial deployments are underway for all of these superconducting power applications. Superconducting wire may replace conventional copper and aluminum conductors to help create a distributed grid architecture. This will relieve many stranded grid assets and provide an efficient, adaptive mesh topology that is well suited for the future Smart Grid.
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