By Stuart Radnedge2012-04-20T15:03:00+01:00
An underground flow of liquid nitrogen will next year begin coursing beneath the German city of Essen, in the Ruhr region – as part of a €13.5m project.
The flow’s sole purpose is to cool the world’s longest superconducting cable, which is due to be installed as part of a trial to replace the city’s high-voltage transmission system with a cheaper, safer, and smaller alternative.
Superconductors are regarded as forward-thinking solutions for saving space, because the method of delivering an electrical current is installed underground, and are also seen as particularly efficient modes of electricity transmission in urban areas.
Detailed planning of the project will commence in the next few months – which includes the determination of the exact route.
It’s been a busy morning of progressive thinking and presentations at the BCGA 2012 Conference, with a number of structural and technical developments revealed. More than 140 delegates have attended the event – a figure that almost matches last year’s record attendance.
With two rousing presentations concerning safety and effective, responsible leadership, in addition to the closing remarks of the President, the BCGA 2012 Conference drew to a rapturous close.
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