The Energy Transition is an unavoidable global priority.

The Energy Transition is an unavoidable global priority.

The Energy Transition is an unavoidable global priority. We must decarbonise the economy by the second half of this century and tremendous challenges are ahead of us.

Superconductivity is a fascinating state of matter characterised by the absence of electrical resistivity that certain materials exhibit when cooled below a certain critical, cryogenic temperature. Together with other unique properties, like the ability to carry huge currents and trap extremely large magnetic fields, superconductors pave the way for accelerating the Energy Transition.

High-temperature superconducting (HTS) materials, able to enter superconductivity above the temperature of (cheap) liquid nitrogen, make possible more compact, efficient, and even disruptive technologies that can be integrated into all the links of the electrical energy chain, from generation to transmission and distributionuse and energy storage, enabling its decarbonisation.

Despite the potential benefits and successful demonstrators of HTS technologies, they still lack mass penetration in the electrical system. Several reasons pointed out by industry include concerns related to costs and uncertainty about cryogenics’ reliability and the idea that only highly skilled professionals will be able to operate the latter. Other causes relate to a lack of systematic knowledge about the design of HTS systems for the grid, and on how to simulate their performance using standard software packages. There is also a general unawareness about these materials, particularly on the reliability of the associated technologies.

This COST Action tackles all the above challenges, by a systemic approach that will create the path from materials to devices; foster improved modelling and advanced computation paradigms; provide methodologies and demonstrators for addressing industrial challenges and applications; and develop tools for the economic and sustainability assessment of HTS technologies.

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ICMAB – Open PhD on microstructural analysis of HTS materials at ICMAB Deadline: Oct 31, 2022 The Superconducting Materials and Large Scale Nanostructrues (SUMAN) group offers a PhD position on  “Ultrafast growth of ultrahigh performance superconducting tapes: Correlation between microstructure and properties”.
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High-Temperature Superconductors (HTS) can be superconducting in liquid nitrogen (77 K), holding immense promises for our future. They can enable disruptive technologies such as nuclear fusion, lossless power transmission, devices for cancer treatment and technologies for future transportation. Despite all the potential benefits and successful demonstrators of numerous HTS technologies, the penetration in the market of...
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