Superconducting fault current limiter trials to commence soon
19 April 2011
Nexans and thirteen European partners have reached a significant milestone in the progress of the EC funded ECCOFLOW project to create an innovative and multi-purpose superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) suitable for use in a range of utility applications. The design and development phase of the four year project is complete and manufacturing of the SFCL will commence soon.
Thanks to their almost instantaneous response to fault currents, SFCLs can prevent the damaging overloading of switchgear and other power network components that can occur during short-circuits.
The ECCOFLOW SFCL will be assembled in 2011 at the Nexans facility based in Hurth, Germany, and installed for a test programme of about six months at an Endesa substation in Palma de Mallorca.
The new device, using second-generation high temperature superconducting tapes for the current limiting components, will be the first multi-purpose unit suitable for applications at different places in the European grid.
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