RWE presents Nexans with 2013 Supplier Award for Innovation for AmpaCity superconductor project

Record-breaking project in the German city of Essen to deploy the world’s longest superconductor power cable

Paris, December 20, 2013 – RWE, Germany’s second largest energy supplier, has just presented Nexans with a prestigious supplier award for innovation. The award resulted from the current ground breaking AmpaCity project to deploy an HTS (High Temperature Superconductor) power cable in the Ruhr city of Essen, where it will demonstrate the capability of superconductors to transmit electricity with low losses.

RWE presents Nexans with 2013 Supplier Award for Innovation for AmpaCity superconductor projectThe 1 kilometre, 10 kV HTS cable is setting two world records as both the longest superconductor power cable in the world, and the first to be installed in a city centre. The HTS cable features three concentric conductor layers manufactured from High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) tapes, cooled by liquid nitrogen. In combination with a Superconducting Fault Current Limiter (another Nexans breakthrough) the new 40 MW link will replace a conventional 110 kV installation, to show how HV transformer stations could be eliminated in urban areas.

"This supplier award for innovation recognises the long and productive relationship between RWE and Nexans as well as our world leading position regarding superconducting power equipment", says Frank Schmidt, Business Line Manager of Nexans’ Superconductor Activity. "Nexans has previously installed several fault current limiters and we are delighted to extend this experience through the AmpaCity project. Essen can now be seen as a leading city in energy transmission".

Superconductors revolutionize bulk power transmission in cities

Superconductor technology has the potential to revolutionize bulk power transmission in dense innercity environments. It saves space, eliminates transformer stations, reduces losses, and greatly increases ampacity for AmpaCity, the codename for the RWE pilot project. The installation of a superconductor cable in its grid makes Essen a model city, and it serves as a lighthouse and incentive for other cities and megacities facing similar problems. Winning RWE's innovation award underlines the leading role Nexans is playing in this exciting new field.

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