Research on superconducting materials could allow the distribution of electricity throughout Europe with minimal losses. In the future, electric highways could be built using lower voltages than current DC-based ones. The challenge now is to reduce the production costs of these materials.
Eurotapes, one of the most important projects in Europe about superconductivity, today presented its findings in Barcelona, after 4 years of research. The project has obtained excellent results to develop industrial applications, such as the manufacture of superconducting tape. These applications are useful for multiple areas of science such as the manufacture of magnets for elevated magnetic fields, wind generators or electrical systems for aeronautics.
"In the long term, the project will make renewable energy more competitive thanks to the fact that wind generators can generate more energy. Superconducting generators will be more efficient and will reduce Kwh production costs, "explained Professor Xavier Obradors, project coordinator and director of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), at the presentation of the results of the Project Eurotapes, in Barcelona.
We have demonstrated the capabilities of a new material technology that is already revolutionizing technological innovation in the energy sector. In addition, the research will have a major influence in the field of particle accelerators for CERN and for cancer therapy ', in the words of Professor Teresa Puig, head of ICMAB-CSIC's Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructures department.
One of the companies that tested the applications developed by the Eurotapes project is OXOLUTIA, a technological spin-off from the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB) and part of the Eurotapes consortium. The executive director of the company, Albert Calleja, stressed that 'the results obtained from the collaborations of EUROTAPES have made it possible for OXOLUTIA to position itself in the market for high temperature superconducting materials'.
Several researchers involved in the Eurotapes project have received awards of excellence for their pioneering contributions in the field of superconductivity.
Presentation of the EUROTAPES project: Tuesday 14th of March 2017 at 11:30 in the Representation of the European Commission in Barcelona (passeig de Gràcia 90)
The presentations of the speakers are available through the following links: