The Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (IEE) is a research organisation focused on study and development of semiconductor, superconductor, oxide and magnetic materials and devices. Around 80 research staff is divided into 7 scientific departments. Activities of the proposed project will be carried out in the Department of Superconductor Physics which is a leading group in the field of superconductivity applications in AC power devices, like transmission cables, transformers and current limiters.
The Institute is operating as an independent legal entity within the Slovak Academy of Sciences, which is the governmental research organization covering wide spectrum of research topics with 3500 employees organized in 56 research Institutes. Main mission of the Academy is fundamental and applied research, special programs for PhD study and for transfer of results to the social and economic sectors have been established.
The IEE will be involved in the networking actions proposed in the project, in particular in the exchange of skills in the optimisation of superconducting devices with regard to the AC loss. Simulation techniques particularly suitable for the modeling of electromagnetic properties of hard superconductors will be modified to match the requirements of industrial design and analysis. Results obtained in the applied research of the group will be presented to the industrial partners during personal visits. IEE group will be active in the dissemination of results, publications and participation to international workshops and conferences.
Previous relevant experience related to the project’s aims:
IEE group has been involved in The European Network on Superconductivity, SCENET-2 (G5RT-CT2002-05077) that combined 74 teams from 19 European countries including 22 industrial partners. The participation in this network helped the group to establish good contacts with industrial partners, resulting in participation in two research project coordinated by European companies: “Superconducting coated conductor cable (SES6-CT-2004-502615)” and “Development and field testing of an efficient YBCO Coated Conductor based Fault Current Limiter for Operation in Electricity Networks - ECCOFLOW (grant number 241285)”. The Centre of Excellence project “Applied Superconductivity Training and Research Advanced Centre (ENK6-CT-2002-80658)” established the Consulting Centre for industry and society that the Institute maintained also after the project end. In the Marie-Curie Research and Training Network “Nanoengineered Superconductors for Power Applications (MRTN-CT-2006-035619)” effective exchange between academia and industry has been carried out.
Profile of staff members involved in the project:
- Fedor Gömöry – design of superconducting power devices: M.Sc. (Electrical Engineering, Slovak University of Technology, 1976), PhD (Applied electromagnetism, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 1985), Research Professor (Slovak University of Technology, 1998), Associate Professor (Slovak University of Technology, 2009), Scientific project leader (1998 – present)
- Ján Šouc - experimental methods for AC loss and stability: M.Sc. (Electrical Engineering, Slovak University of Technology, 1980), PhD (Materials, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 1993), Senior researcher (Slovak Academy of Sciences, 1999 – present)
- Enric Pardo – numerical methods for hard superconductors: M.Sc. (Physics, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 1999), PhD (Physics, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2004), Postdoc (ATI Vienna University of Technology, 2009), Researcher (Institute of Electrical Engineering SAS, 2007-8 and 2010 - present)
- Mykola Solovyov – testing of tape quality by magnetic field mapping: M.Sc. (National University of Uzhorod, Ukraine, 2006), PhD study (Slovak Academy of Sciences, from 2007)