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American Superconductor (AMSC) is the maker of high temperature superconducting material. By high temperature they mean slightly higher than liquid nitrogen (<-411 deg f). The product that they are making can be formed into wire and virtually no loss due to resistance in trasmitting electricity. Due to the temperature and brittleness of the material I'm not sure if it will ever replace transmission lines. They are working with Relience Electric (division of Rockwell, Inc) on a superconducting electric motor that uses superconducting coils wound from AMSC's product.

This motor has huge potential. As far as motors go, this tecnology is only practical for large motors used in industrial applications. The motor is in a research mode and continuing efforts are scaling up to bigger and bigger applications.

The target is 1000 horsepower for a comercial motor. Currently a 200 hp motor has been demonstrated. A four year estimate is the horizon for a comercial product. A 10,000 hp motor built with this technology would save $100k per year in electrical use! AMSC has recived R&D magazine's 100 best project project awards.

The company is operating on research grants and has other applications. Anyone else following this story?
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796The only good thing I see here is some interest on the part of the Federal goverArt Bechhoefer-July 17
795This is a very long term project, and the amounts of superconducting wire and reHawkmoon-July 17
794This is a very long term project, and the amounts of superconducting wire and reArt Bechhoefer1July 16
793Very nice move today on the ConEd news.. I think even more is on the way.. THawkmoon-July 16
792It's the same old story – China. If they get some relief from Sinovel, thenArt Bechhoefer2July 1
791INTRO Here's my semi-annual exercise to see if I remember why I own the stoctktrimbath1June 30
790Smart Wind and Solar Power Big data and artificial intellDavid C. Burns-April 28
789This is old news and simply allows the cases to go to court, rather than arbitraArt Bechhoefer-March 6
788China Supreme Court Ruling Favors AMSC in Two Sinovel Suits bloomberg.commuzosi-March 5
787The litigation regarding Sinovel's alleged piracy/theft of intellectual propArt Bechhoefer-January 2
786My EOY review of AMSC INTRO Here's my semi-annual exercise to see if I remetktrimbath-12/31/2013
785Notwithstanding the future for wind turbines, AMSC has a lot of competition fromArt Bechhoefer-12/7/2013
784Listen Up: Is There a Wind Turbine in Your Future? The levelized cost of energyDavid C. Burns-12/6/2013
783Not again! If they don't like continuing the wind power tax credit, maybe tArt Bechhoefer-10/3/2013
782Wind energy tax break talk is back Experts call current approach on wind energyDavid C. Burns-10/3/2013
781It's true that wind power is now competitive, at least in certain regions. Art Bechhoefer-9/24/2013
780Wind power now competitive with conventional sources The state’s biggest utilitDavid C. Burns-9/24/2013
779For most locations, wind power still requires a subsidy to compete with electricArt Bechhoefer-9/5/2013
778 Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis v7.0 Financial advisory firm LazDavid C. Burns-9/5/2013
777AMSC isn't the only company making superconducting wire. Other firms could Art Bechhoefer-8/19/2013
776Adding defects to superconducting wire creates unprecedented performance The David C. Burns-8/19/2013
775Energy Dept. Reports: U.S. Wind Energy Production and Manufacturing Reaches RecoDavid C. Burns-8/6/2013
774How Elon Musk Could Change The World With A High-Speed Transportation System CalDanD-7/15/2013
773At the economic conference between China and the US yesterday, China said it wouArt Bechhoefer-7/12/2013
772The news today from Bloomberg is that Sinovel is divesting four overseas assets,Art Bechhoefer-7/1/2013
771I recently received the AMSC 2012 annual report and notice of their annual shareArt Bechhoefer17/1/2013
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