Receives $3 Million Office of Naval Research Contract for Further Development of a High-Temperature Superconducting Generator

SuperPower Receives $3 Million Office of Naval Research Contract for Further Development of a High-Temperature Superconducting Generator for Application to the Navy's All Electric Ship Program
02/27/2007

 

Schenectady, NY - SuperPower, Inc. has announced that it has signed a contract worth $3 million with the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Naval Research (ONR) to proceed to the second phase of a program to develop a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) generator based on its world-class second-generation (2G) HTS wire.

SuperPower began this work in partnership with Rockwell Automation Power Systems’ Reliance Electric Company and General Dynamics’ Electric Boat division in August 2005 with a Phase I scope of work in the amount of approximately $300,000 that studied the feasibility of using HTS generators for naval shipboard applications.

This latest contract which began on February 15, 2007 and will run for 18 months, adds an additional $3 million (exclusive of related work to be performed by the Naval Research Laboratory, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division [Philadelphia], and Oak Ridge National Laboratory) for further work to complete a conceptual design of a 10.6 MW, 3600 rpm synchronous HTS generator and key component technology risk reduction assessment for a 36.5 MW class HTS generator.

The project team includes Reliance Electric, which has now been acquired from Rockwell Automation Power Systems by Baldor Electric Company (Fort Smith, Arkansas, NYSE:BEZ, www.baldor.com). Reliance is responsible for the design and development of the HTS generator. General Dynamics’ Electric Boat (Groton, CT, NYSE:GD, www.gdeb.com), is providing system integration guidance and specifications relating to Naval shipbuilding requirements. The team also includes the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, responsible for the cryogenic design and testing, and the Naval Research Laboratory, which will conduct the basic electromechanical and electrical characterization work on the 2G conductor and coils. SuperPower is managing the project and designing and fabricating the 2G generator coils.

SuperPower’s 2G HTS wire demonstrates superior performance over copper wire and over earlier versions of HTS wire, including enhanced current-carrying capacity at liquid nitrogen temperatures (77 K), making this an essential component for more energy-efficient and cost-effective industrial motors and generators. Philip J. Pellegrino, president of SuperPower said, “The use of 2G HTS wire will help to further the development of generators that are also smaller and lighter than conventional devices, ideal for shipboard applications that place a high premium on energy efficiency, weight and size.”

Contact:
Traute F. Lehner
Communications/Government Relations Specialist
Tel: (518) 346-1414 ext. 3070
tlehner@superpower-inc.com  

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