In an effort to become one of the most energy efficient countries in the world, Germany is strengthening its leading position in the field of energy technologies, new ways of economic growth and improve workplace safety conditions. Germany is already a leader in renewable energy mastering. Germany pays special attention to the development of technologies based on the use of high-temperature superconductors, which allows particularly efficient use of renewable energy sources (wind and hydro), are highly efficient and environmentally friendly, easy to be optimized and integrated into existing power grids.
This is evidenced by a recent, under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), meeting "Prospects and innovation of high temperature superconductors in power engineering", where the representatives of companies, research institutes and universities, one way or another, involved in this subject were attended and made presentations. These are – ivSupra, Siemens, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk AG Deutschland, Brandenburgische Technische Universität (Cottbus), Deutsche Nanoschicht, Nexans SuperConductors, ABB, Vision Electric, Bruker ASC, Oswald Elektromotoren, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung (Dresden).
Topics of the reports referred to a discussion of previous experiences of high-Tc superconductors as electrical cables, current limiters, generators and motors, as well as production of long superconducting tapes and cables.