January 23, 2007
By: by Larry Rulison, Times Union
SCHENECTADY - SuperPower Inc., a Schenectady company that produces second-generation high-temperature superconducting wire, is making its first major wire shipment.
Nearly six miles of the wire will be shipped this week to Sumitomo Electric Industries in Osaka, Japan.
Sumitomo will make the wire into a 30-meter underground cable to be used in a demonstration project in Albany. First-generation cable is already in place and carrying power at the Albany site.
SuperPower, owned by Dutch electronics giant Royal Philips, is making the wire to be used in the electrical grid.
Scientists believe it is more reliable and more efficient than traditional underground electrical lines.