Nexans receives 2013 Supplier Award for Innovation

Power-packed project

At a ceremony in Essen Germany, Nexans just received the prestigious supplier award for innovation from RWE, Germany's second biggest energy supplier.  This grew out of our participation in the €13.5 million AmpaCity flagship project to test the ability of superconductors to transmit electricity with low losses.

String of firsts

Nexans 1-kilometer superconductor is the world's longest, and the first to be installed in a   city center. Combined with a fault current limiter (another breakthrough), this 10 kV ceramic superconductor system replaces a conventional 110 kV installation and makes HV transformer stations in urban areas redundant.

Step-by-step upgrades

We have enjoyed a long and trustful relationship with RWE going back to the world's first installation of a resistive fault current limiter (SFCL) in their grid in 2004−5. When they started looking for ways to upgrade their urban grid, we briefed them about our groundbreaking superconductor cable solution for the Long Island Power Authority, while starting to install commercial SFCL systems in UK and Germany from 2008 onwards. Prior to the AmpaCity project, our studies proved the technical and economical feasibility of a superconductor solution.

Increased ampacity for AmpaCity

Superconductor technology has the potential to revolutionize bulk power transmission in dense inner-city environments.  It saves space, eliminates transformer stations, reduces losses, and greatly increases ampacity for AmpaCity, the codename for the RWE pilot project. The installation of a superconductor in their grid makes Essen a model city, and it serves as a lighthouse and incentive for other cities and megacities facing similar problems. Winning RWE's innovation award underlines the leading role Nexans is playing in this exciting new field.