SuperPower Completes World’s 1st Integration of 2G HTS Wire on Live Power Grid - Philips to continue support of SuperPower’s dev

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 copper-based 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

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.    

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Contact:
Traute F. Lehner, SuperPower
Tel:  (518) 346-1414 ext. 3070
E-mail: tlehner@superpower-inc.com  

Ian Race, Philips
Tel: (978) 659-4624
E-mail: ian.race@philips.com  

About SuperPower
SuperPower, Inc. is a subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI), following Philips’ November 2006 acquisition of Intermagnetics General Corporation.  SuperPower was formed in March 2000 to provide a strong focus for the development and commercialization of HTS technology for the energy technology and other sectors. To learn more, visit www.superpower-inc.com

 

 

Background on the Albany HTS Cable Project and SuperPower, Inc. The ever-increasing demand for high quality electric power that is evident throughout the world has led to congestion on electrical grids.  HTS cable technology enables the transmission and distribution of power through much smaller cables than comparably rated conventional cables, an especially important feature in densely populated urban areas. 

Paul D. Tonko, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) notes that “HTS cables carry three to five times more power than copper-based cable systems in the same conduit.  Since they occupy less space, 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 (DOE).  Lending their technological capabilities, SuperPower; Sumitomo Electric Industries (Osaka, Japan); Linde, formerly known as BOC (Germany); and National Grid (Westborough, MA) have all contributed 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).


“National Grid has been pleased with the performance of the HTS cable during Phase 1 of this program,” noted William Flaherty, regional executive director of National Grid. “We are happy to have it back online now during Phase 2 with the application of 2G HTS wire.  The project has demonstrated that HTS cable works as expected, is reliable, and has posed no problems to National Grid’s system.”
 

“Around the world, consumers are demanding more and more electricity.  This system’s high reliability record reflects the experience and expertise each partner brings to the project.  Our record shows HTS works and is a viable alternative for utilities to meet the increasing demand for power,” said Ed Garcia, head of business development, HTS, for Linde. 

Ryosuke Hata, managing executive officer of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Osaka Japan, said, “Sumitomo is pleased to be a partner in the Albany Cable Project that has demonstrated the world’s first HTS cable in a live grid, the world’s first HTS cable-to-cable joint, the world’s first on-site replacement of an HTS cable-to-cable joint, and is now the world’s first in-grid demonstration of 2G wire in any device.  We look forward to the coming commercialization of this important technology in solving the world’s concerns about maintaining a steady supply of reliable, high-quality power that is friendly to our environment.”

New 30-meter cable section fabricated with superconducting wire manufactured by SuperPower in Schenectady, NY
 

Venkat Selvamanickam, vice president and chief technology officer of SuperPower, said “The 30-meter 2G HTS cable contains nearly 10,000 meters of SuperPower’s patent-protected 2G HTS wire manufactured in Schenectady, New York.  We believe this is the first in-grid device of any kind in the world to be based on 2G HTS wire.  In addition to the existing exclusive licensing of 2G technology from DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory, we have supplemented our intellectual property portfolio earlier this year with a licensing agreement for additional technology from DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.” 

SuperPower continues to lead the world in 2G HTS wire  

According to Arthur P. Kazanjian, general manager of SuperPower, “SuperPower was formed eight years ago to develop 2G HTS wire with the expectation that the ultimate price and performance benefits would make it the wire of choice for HTS device applications.  SuperPower’s pilot manufacturing facility has been in operation for two years now and we continue to improve the piece length and current-carrying capacity of our wire.  Since last September we have twice broken the world performance record, most recently with our achievement of 158,950 amp-meters in December 2007.  We are now the only organization in the world capable of manufacturing kilometer-class lengths of 2G HTS wire.  Further, we have over the past eighteen months achieved quite rapid price reductions and continue to aggressively drive towards price parity with copper.” 

In addition to application for energy devices such as the HTS cable, Kazanjian said that “we are quite pleased to note that organizations around the world are seeking out SuperPower to supply wire for a wide variety of applications in the energy technology sector, as well as in a number of other research and commercial activities.” 

As SuperPower has scaled-up its production of 2G HTS wire since its formation in 2000, the need for a locally available highly–skilled technical staff quickly became apparent.  To help address this need, SuperPower formed a collaboration with two local colleges in 2005 to develop and train the workforce required by SuperPower in the manufacture of its wire.  Senator Hugh Farley, said, “I am so pleased that the $5 million State Senate grant, which I obtained for this SuperPower project, has helped to bring us to this successful celebration.  This initiative, which brought together SuperPower with academic partners at Union College and Schenectady County Community College, will continue to pay dividends for this and other high technology projects.” 

SuperPower, Inc. is a subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics NV, following Philips’ November 2006 acquisition of Intermagnetics General Corporation.  SuperPower was formed in March 2000 to provide a strong focus for the development and commercialization of HTS technology for the energy technology and other sectors. To learn more, visit www.superpower-inc.com.  

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Contact:
Traute F. Lehner, SuperPower
Tel:  (518) 346-1414 ext. 3070
E-mail: tlehner@superpower-inc.com 

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