January 23, 2007

GE Teams With Sumitomo For Superconductor Work

By: by Eric Anderson, Time Union


NISKAYUNA - GE Global Research is collaborating with Sumitomo Electric Industries to develop new uses for high-temperature superconducting wire.

Sumitomo already makes high-temperature superconducting power-transmission cables using thin film material produced by SuperPower Inc. of Schenectady.

The "high" temperature, -190 Celsius, allows electricity to flow almost unimpeded, eliminating the waste from electrical resistance that is found in traditional wire.

Superconducting wires create powerful magnetic fields that have applications in medical imaging, and GE plans to focus efforts here on power-generating turbines and industrial drives.