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High-temperature superconductors for efficient current conduction

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Published on Dec 17, 2015

Superconductors carry current virtually without loss, and thus offer much greater efficiency in generating and transporting electricity. High-temperature superconductors conduct current without resistance at temperatures just above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen (77 Kelvin/-196 Degree Celsius). This temperature can be reached reliably and cost-effectively and maintained during operation using commercial cryotechnology. As the current carrying capacity is 10 to a 100 times larger than that of copper, highly compact and lightweight systems for electrical systems such as transformers, generators and electric motors as well as new cable applications become possible.
The latest, second generation of high-temperature superconductors is based on yttrium-barium-copper oxide. These superconductors can be manufactured cost-effectively in large quantities. In this field, BASF is pursuing research and development activities with its subsidiary Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH, which has developed an innovative process for manufacturing high-temperature superconductors much more efficiently and cost effectively. BASF and Deutsche Nanoschicht plan to develop this innovative coating technology to marketability.
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