July 21, 2006

Superconductors & Nanotech: The Future Of Naval Propulsion?

By: by Defense Industry Daily

Source: reports that the USA is also undertaking efforts to develop cryogenically cooled electronics and power generation systems that could help it deal with surging electricity requirements for its all-electric warships, while dropping the size of a typical naval engine (currently, about the size of a semi's trailer) by half and cutting weight (up to 220 tons) by a third. The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is creating semiconductors for low-temperature functions, and MTECH Laboratories is working on turning them into power inverter modules. Superconducting wires that carry electricity with no resistance are the third requirement. Since all-electric warships are a global trend in advanced militaries, successes in this research area could have fairly profound implications.

Other areas of research using 2G HTS include degaussing cable systems, and non-lethal weapons; AMSC is actively involved in developing components or systems for each of these applications.

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