Start of H2020 European project FASTGRID aiming at innovative DC superconducting fault current limiters
The European project FASTGRID (H2020 – NMBP-18-2016) has just begun.
The main objective of this project is to modify and to significantly enhance the technical and economical attractiveness of high-temperature superconductor (HTS) coated conductors (REBCO conductors) for their application in SuperConducting Fault Current Limiters (SCFCL). As an outcome of the project the necessary length of the conductors in these devices and therefore their cost will be decreased significantly.
The material development made in FASTGRID will lead to advanced superconducting tapes that will be the key for low cost HVDC SCFCL. Using these devices will help to remove one of the barriers of the meshed/multi-terminal HVDC grids called Supergrids, i.e. fault current management. These Supergrids are considered as the best solution today in economic, technic and security terms to enhance the necessary massive penetration of renewable energies from clean generation to reduce CO2 emission from clean generation. FASTGRID objective is to provide a cost-effective solution to build safe DC grids by limiting the fault currents thanks to the development of advanced REBCO tapes suitable for HVDC extreme operation (high electric field under limitation and higher homogeneity on long lengths). Cost-effective production lines will be developed for these advanced tapes.
Jointly with the consortium, partner OXOLUTIA SL will develop advanced concepts for improving the characteristics of coated conductors as DC fault current limiters.
OXOLUTIA SL acknowledges the European Union for its support in the H2020 – NMBP-18-2016-721019 FASTGRID project.