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Applications of high-temperature superconductors to the power sector in developing countries


Developing countries imported power equipment worth US$25 billion in 1986, and their power requirements are expected to rise well into the 21st century. Therefore, a global view needs to be taken while according priorities for superconductivity research to the power sector. The scale of the power applications, feasibility of which is earlier established for low temperature superconductors, may have to be reduced if they have to be relevant for the developing countries (e.g., superconducting power generators of 100–500 MW, storage of 500–2000 MWh, and transmission lines of about 100–400 KVA). Fortunately, due to the easier availability of coolant (LN) and ceramics, there could be greater efforts in R & D and, therefore, faster progress.

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Parikh, J.K., Pai, M.G. Applications of high-temperature superconductors to the power sector in developing countries. J Supercond 1, 395–406 (1988).

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Key words

  • developing countries
  • applications of superconductors
  • generators
  • storage
  • transmission