RWE Deutschland, Nexans and KIT launch “AmpaCity” project: the world’s longest superconductor system to replace inner-city high-voltage cable

The “AmpaCity” project has been kicked off: The RWE Group and its partners are just about to replace a 1-kilometre-long high-voltage cable connecting two transformer stations in the Ruhr city of Essen with a state-of-the-art superconductor solution. This will mark the longest superconductor cable installation in the world. The three-phase, concentric 10 kV cable will be produced by Nexans and is designed for a transmission capacity of 40 megawatts. As part of this project, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will analyse suitable superconducting and insulating materials. This installation will also be the first to combine a superconducting cable with a resistive superconducting fault current limiter for overload protection. The limiter will be manufactured by Nexans unit specialized in superconductors, located in Huerth, Germany.

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