Energy-Saving Superconductor to be Developed at Stony Brook Advanced Energy Center
DOE Awards Brookhaven Technology Group $1.15 Million Grant to Develop the Technology
At Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) are, from left: Robert B. Catell, Chairman of the Board, AERTC; Vyacheslav Solovyov, PhD, of BTG and Stony Brook University Department of Engineering; Sergey Gelman, a Stony Brook Engineering student; and Yacov Shamash, VP for Economic Development at Stony Brook University.
Stony Brook, NY, October 5, 2016 – Supporting clean energy research remains important for increasing new technological applications in the growing marketplace for clean energy. A $1.15 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant to the Brookhaven Technology Group, Inc., (BTG) a business incubator tenant of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, will be used to develop a new High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) cable architecture designed to be more cost-effective and better suited for superconducting wire applications than the current high-aspect ratio HTS tape.
The award comes from the DOE Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, which supports scientific excellence and technological innovation for research that has potential for commercialization.
Led by Vyacheslav Solovyov, PhD, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stony Brook University, and BTG’s Principal Investigator, the project involves creating a novel substrate-free YBCO HTS architecture called ExoCable™. The new design is predicted to produce a 70 percent reduced weight per unit length for the same current capacity, along with a 50 percent reduced AC loss with a higher fill factor, yet with the same isotrophic mechanical strength as current designs.
According to Paul Farrell, PhD, President of BTG, “The patented architecture developed in this project will enable HTS wire to be used for new purposes, such as rotating machinery, as well as AC and DC power distribution.”
“Driving down the manufacturing cost of superconducting wire can provide the foundation for the next generation electric power grid worldwide,” said Jim Smith, Assistant Vice President of Economic Development at Stony Brook University. “With the support of the Advanced Energy Center, researchers and companies with advanced ideas can gain traction, create new jobs, and even form new industries.”
BTG has been a tenant of the AERTC for three years. During this time, the company has received DOE grants totaling $2.7 million to develop technologies for use in the field of clean energy.
BTG develops lower cost advanced manufacturing technologies in the field of high-temperature superconductors and uses the high-tech facilities of the AERTC and University, as well other academic resources, to bolster its clean energy research projects.
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Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide. It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.
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