Quick Fact - Superconducting solutions play a critical role to improve the efficiency and reliability of the Smart Grid.
Conductus® - For Utilities and Smart Grids
The electric power industry is facing many challenges that threaten a utilities’ ability to deliver reliable and cost efficient power. These challenges include integration of renewable electricity, need for improved network efficiency, aging infrastructure, increased electrical demand and implementation of new Smart Grid technologies. Existing copper-based electrical conductors are inherently inefficient and cannot support the growing energy demand or Smart Grid infrastructure, making them prime targets for change through disruptive technology. At the heart of these NEW, adaptive, rapid-response networks is the need for advanced electrical conductors to transform the conventional, linear power architecture into a distributed, mesh infrastructure.
New, emerging, cost effective, high performance superconducting technologies provide unique benefits targeting Smart Grid infrastructure and offer an excellent alternative to conventional, copper-based solutions. Advanced, high power superconducting transmission cables and superconducting fault current limiters (SFCL) are game changing solutions with significant advantages. High power superconducting transmission cables improve total power by reducing voltage and increasing current; this reduces right-of-way, civil work and environment impact. SFCLs protect the grid from damaging faults, and enable power sharing between substations and connectivity to new sources of renewable power. These novel superconducting solutions are all made possible with superconducting wire. Superconducting solutions like SFCLs or superconducting cables are composed of 100s of superconducting wire strands ranging from 3 meters to 1000 meters in length. STI is collaborating with industry-leading, global electric utilities and device manufacturers to commercialize our best-in-class Conductus® superconducting wire for deployment.
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