AMSC, an energy solutions provider serving wind and power grid industry, and Nexans, an expert in the cable industry, have announced a partnership to market and sell AMSC’s Resilient Electric Grid (REG) system, and other high performance superconductor power cables, in the U.S. and Canada. As part of this partnership, AMSC and Nexans will collaborate to jointly develop and deliver these projects with existing and potential electric utility customers in the U.S. and Canada.
AMSC’s REG system is said to be an innovative approach to the power distribution system that increases reliability and capacity of the electric grid. By enabling use of transmission and distribution assets in a way that is not feasible with traditional technologies, the REG system enables significant increases in grid reliability and increases load-serving capacity, while limiting the need for additional grid infrastructure, which mitigates any environmental impact. The key component to the REG system is AMSC’s Amperium wire that combines with other sub-system design elements to increase the reliability, redundancy, and resiliency of urban power grids, greatly reducing the impact of equipment failure due to aging, cyber threats, physical disasters, or weather-related events.
AMSC’s Amperium superconductor wire can conduct about 200 times the electrical current of copper wire of similar dimensions. This capability also allows for the delivery of a high performance power cable system that can address transmission and distribution challenges facing utilities worldwide.
Through its Windtec products, AMSC provides wind turbine electronic controls and systems, designs, and engineering services that reduce the cost of wind energy. Through its Gridtec Solutions, the company provides the engineering planning services and advanced grid systems that optimize network reliability, efficiency, and performance.
“Nexans is a provider of utility power cables and committed to building advanced power transmission and distribution networks using AMSC’s HTS superconductor technology,” said Daniel P. McGahn, AMSC President and CEO.
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