February 26, 2008
By: by Traute F. Lehner, SuperPower
February 21, 2008 - Schenectady, N.Y. - SuperPower, Inc. today announced the re-connection of the 350-meter high-temperature superconducting (HTS) cable to the National Grid power system between the Riverside and Menands substations in Albany, N.Y. Using a new 30 meter cable segment fabricated with wire manufactured in Schenectady, SuperPower marked the successful installation and energization of Phase 2 of the HTS Cable Demonstration Project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). HTS cables, which carry three to five times more power than the copperbased power cables in use today, can provide an important solution to the ever-increasing demand for more and higher quality power.
"The news of Philips' commitment to continue the cutting-edge work being done by the talented employees at SuperPower, coupled with this world-leading demonstration of high-temperature superconductivity in a live grid application in New York State, sends an important message about the vitality of both research and industry in the state," said Paul D. Tonko, president and chief executive officer of NYSERDA.
"The Department is committed to continuing to work with academia, industry and the states to advance High Temperature Superconductivity and other breakthrough technologies," DOE Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Kevin Kolevar said. High Temperature Superconductivity has repeatedly demonstrated that it has the potential to play a pivotal role in modernizing our electric infrastructure and ensuring the stable and affordable delivery of electricity to our homes, businesses and industry. As the nation's demand for electricity continues to grow, so too do the pressures on our electric utilities to continue to provide the reliable electric service that is so important to our economy and way of life."
The Albany HTS Cable Project, first installed and energized in July 2006, was initially comprised of two sections, a 320-meter long section connected to another 30 meters long, both fabricated with the so-called first-generation HTS wire. During Phase 2 of this demonstration project, the 30-meter section was removed and replaced during 2007 with an equal section fabricated from SuperPower's new second-generation (2G) HTS wire. This is the first in-grid demonstration in the world of a device that incorporates 2G HTS wire, which is expected to provide important performance and price benefits compared to copper wire.
"HTS cables carry more power more efficiently," said Tonko. "Since they occupy less space than comparably rated conventional cables, HTS cables can be retrofit into existing underground conduits, eliminating the need for additional trenching, which will be of particular benefit in highly congested urban settings, such as New York City. NYSERDA has been pleased to provide support for this very successful demonstration of an important new technology that will help to address the concerns about meeting the constantly rising demand for additional, high-quality power in New York State and around the nation and the world."
The $27 million Albany HTS Cable Project began in 2001 with a $6 million grant from NYSERDA in addition to $13.5 million provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. SuperPower; Sumitomo Electric Industries (Osaka, Japan); Linde, formerly known as BOC (Germany); and National Grid (Westborough, MA) have all contributed their technical capabilities to this project. SuperPower has managed the project and manufactured the 2G HTS wire; Sumitomo has manufactured and installed the HTS cable systems; and Linde has provided and monitored the cryogenic refrigeration system that is used to cool the HTS cable to 70K (-333 F). Additional detail about the Albany HTS Cable Project can be found at: http://www.superpower-inc.com/index.php?p=19#acp
Philips to continue support of SuperPower's development and commercialization of
advanced HTS technology
Along with continuing the Albany HTS Cable Project, SuperPower also announced it will be retained within the Philips organization. The business will be led by General Manager Arthur Kazanjian. Philips commitment to supporting the SuperPower organization in Schenectady comes as it continues to build a sales pipeline and develop advanced HTS technology.