Superconductor Cable, HTS Cable, HVDC Cable, HTS Wire, Fault Current Limiting Cable
AMSC’s Superconductor Cable Systems utilize Amperium® high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire in place of traditional aluminum or copper conductors. Cables that utilize HTS wire can transmit up to 10 times more power than conventional cables or can carry equivalent power at much lower voltages. Ideal for both direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) systems, superconductor cables may be used in utility power networks or in commercial and industrial applications such as data centers. From system engineering to implementation, AMSC offers the solutions you need to transmit electricity efficiently, compactly, reliably and intelligently. Together with industry leaders such as LS Cable, Nexans and Ultera, we have successfully completed power cables projects in Asia, North America and Europe. Our offerings include:
Catastrophic equipment failures, physical and cyber threats, weather-related disasters, as well as failure of aging equipment can all leave entire sections of a city without power for hours or days. Catastrophic events are a threat to the personal safety of residents and the economic health of businesses. The inability to restore power in a timely manner only makes the situation worse. Resilient Electric Grid (REG) systems provide protection against the calamitous effects that follow the loss of critical substation facilities in urban areas by allowing the interconnection of nearby substations, enabling them to share transmission connections and excess station capacity, while controlling the high fault currents that naturally result from such interconnections.
- Significantly improve network redundancy and resiliency
- Improve survivability of catastrophic system events
- Increase load-serving capacity of existing substations
- Back-up for loss of transmission
- Add flexibility to maintenance schedules
AC superconductor cable systems can be used to improve system reliability, meet increasing power demands without requiring new substations, and complete any project where minimizing the impact on the environment is important. These systems enable
• Greatly increased underground current-carrying capacity at equivalent or lower voltages than conventional cables
• New siting options by replacing high voltage circuits with lower voltage distribution cables
• Greatly reduced right-of-way for transmission corridors
• Optimal environmental friendliness due to a lack of external electric or magnetic fields
• Fault current management capability, creating a more interconnected, resilient and reliable grid
HVDC Superconductor Cables for Electric Utility Applications
To meet increasing power demands, the electricity infrastructure is changing. From North America to Europe to Asia, grand power networks are being planned. Wind and solar power must be carried vast distances. Power must be shared between disparate regions. And central to many of these projects are HVDC cable systems.
As the transmission medium for HVDC applications, superconductor cables can move virtually any amount of power with much greater efficiency than any other transmission technology – and they move it underground, out of site and out of harm’s way. Additionally, with HVDC superconductor cables, you can install a single superconductor cable allowing for future grid expansion without requiring the construction of new lines.
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Low voltage DC power is used in a variety of industries today, including telecom central stations and data centers. But conventional cable systems are large and heavy, making for challenging and expensive installation, particularly in constricted areas. A lightweight, compact LVDC HTS cable can be used to carry the same amount of current as dozens of conventional copper conductors for an unlimited distance with no voltage drop. These systems enable:
• Installation advantages such as reduced installation costs, faster installation and simplified placement requirements
• Design flexibility through better floor space utilization and reduced float voltage
Whether utility or commercial, alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC), we have the experience and the solutions to help system operators meet rising power demands.
Superconductor Power Cable Systems: Compact, Resilient, Smart, Powerful.