Design, build and test a fault current limiter employing magnesium diboride (MgB2) superconducting coils [ 2010 - 2012 ]

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Researchers Dou Prof Shi Xue; A/Prof Josip Horvat; Mr Xun Xu; Dr Jeffrey W Moscrop

Brief description Recent occurrences of blackouts around the world caused immeasurable damage to electrical network hardware in the range of $10M, however, the losses from an unavailable network are much more. The CIs and Zenergy Power Pty Ltd (formerly Australian Superconductors) have been developing saturated core fault current limiters (FCL) since 1999. The first saturated core fault current limiter employing the Australian's entity's technology was installed in California. The aim of this proposal is to extend this technology to demonstrate next generation FCL using a newly developed superconductor magnesium diboride (MgB2) wire which is cheaper and easier to manufacture than high temperature superconductors and the CIs' group hold strong IP on nano-scale chemically doped MgB2 wires.

Funding Amount $580,000

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