Superconducting Power Transmission Lines Cost Assessment

  • James Wegrzyn
  • Richard Thomas
  • Miriam Kroon
  • Tom Lee


A computer model of the component costs of superconducting power transmission lines (SPTL) has been prepared by Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) for the Empire State Electric Energy Research Corporation (ESEERCO). Technical design requirements from the work of Brookhaven and Los Alamos National Laboratories have been reviewed for low Tc cables. Similar performance values have been assumed as the input parameters for costing the high Tc transmission line. Special emphasis has been placed on the interplay between the design requirements of a superconducting cable and their cost. Thus, as new research findings become available, these improvements can effectively be incorporated into the working cost model. The study has benefit to the utility sector by bringing the recent developments in high Tc superconducting materials into a clearer focus, while also assisting the research scientist and developer through identifying the cost/design criteria that controls the implementation of a superconductive power transmission line.


Transmission Line Brookhaven National Laboratory Coaxial Cable Cable System Surface Current Density 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Wegrzyn
    • 1
  • Richard Thomas
    • 1
  • Miriam Kroon
    • 2
  • Tom Lee
    • 3
  1. 1.Brookhaven National LaboratoryDepartment of Applied ScienceUptonUSA
  2. 2.Kroon UnlimitedEast PatchogueUSA
  3. 3.Manhattan CollegeRiverdaleUSA

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