AMSC Doubles Superconductor Wire Performance and Reduces Pricing

AMSC today introduced a new class of Amperium® superconductor wire for power cable applications with industry-leading performance, pricing and production capacity at the Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC 2012).

This breakthrough is expected to enable lower cost superconductor power cables and expand the global addressable market for these systems. AMSC is now offering brass-laminated 4.4 mm Amperium wire with demonstrated current carrying performance up to 200 amps.

Along with this substantial increase in performance, AMSC also has announced that the kiloamp-meter pricing of this new brasslaminated wire has been substantially reduced compared with AMSC's existing Amperium product line. This, in turn, is expected to lead to a reduction in the cost of superconductor power cables while also expanding the global addressable market for these systems. These types of cables are currently in the early stages of adoption, with initial in-grid installations in China, Japan, South Korea, Germany and the United States.