Power applications: review of the past 30 years and future perspectives (Tuesday, 24 July 2018)

The Seminars and Training Committee kindly invites you to the following ICMAB Invited Seminar

Power applications: review of the past 30 years and future perspectives

by Pascal TIXADOR, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, France

Tuesday, 24 July 2018 @ 12 pm
ICMAB - Sala d'Actes Carles Miravitlles


Applied superconductivity will soon celebrate its 60 years. It was linked to the emergence of conductors (Nb3Sn then NbTi) able to carry large currents under high fields. NbTi and Nb3Sn still are the basic superconductors for applied superconductivity with well-established markets such as MRI. 30 years ago the first superconductor whose critical temperature breaks the liquid nitrogen barrier was discovered. The « Super­con­duc­tivity revolution » was announced, but it did not really take place. On the other hand considerable works have been carried out about the strongly complex high Tc super­con­ductors, which have so reached now a pre-industrial stage.

In parallel the indispensable sustainable development among other things required new technologies and the high Tc super­conductors are outstanding enablers. These loss free conductors are natural companions for sustainability. Renewable energies face several challenges such as very large wind turbines or the transport of huge energies over long distances. Supercon­duc­ting wind generators, superconducting cables and superconducting fault current limiters offer for example new functions or possibilities in terms of footprint and weight performances breaking the conventional limits. The “Superconductivity revolution” is on track. The review of some works will be a basis for exploring the future of super­con­ducting power applications. Among the projects, FASTGRID will be highlighted.

Hosted by Xavier Obradors, from the SUMAN Group

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