Case study on the US superconducting power transmission program

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After the 1911 discovery of superconductivity (the abrupt loss of electrical resistance in certain materials at very low temperatures), attempts were made to make practical use of this phenomenon. Initially these attempts failed, but in the early 1960s (after 50 years of research) they succeeded. By then, the projected growth in the production and consumption of electrical energy required much higher capacity power transmission capabilities than were available or likely to become available from incremental improvements in existing transmission technology. Since superconductors were capable in principle of transmitting huge amounts of power, research programs to develop and demonstrate superconducting transmission ... continued below

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Hammel, E.F. February 1, 1996.

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After the 1911 discovery of superconductivity (the abrupt loss of electrical resistance in certain materials at very low temperatures), attempts were made to make practical use of this phenomenon. Initially these attempts failed, but in the early 1960s (after 50 years of research) they succeeded. By then, the projected growth in the production and consumption of electrical energy required much higher capacity power transmission capabilities than were available or likely to become available from incremental improvements in existing transmission technology. Since superconductors were capable in principle of transmitting huge amounts of power, research programs to develop and demonstrate superconducting transmission lines were initiated in the US and abroad. The history of the US program, including the participants, their objectives, funding and progress made, is outlined. Since the R&D program was terminated before the technology was completely demonstrated, the reasons for and consequences of this action are discussed in a final section.

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OSTI as DE96006791

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  • Other Information: PBD: Feb 1996

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  • Other: DE96006791
  • Report No.: LA--13116-MS
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/204643 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 204643
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc672125

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Hammel, E.F. Case study on the US superconducting power transmission program, report, February 1, 1996; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc672125/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.