Annual Review of Materials Research | Year: 2012
Superconductors offer major advantages for the electric power grid, including high current and power capacity, high efficiency arising from the lossless current flow, and a unique current-limiting functionality arising from a superconductor-to-resistive transition. These advantages can be brought to bear on equipment such as underground power cables, fault current limiters, rotating machinery, transformers, and energy storage. The first round of significant commercial-scale superconductor power-equipment demonstrations, carried out during the past decade, relied on a first-generation high-temperature superconductor (HTS) wire. However, during the past few years, with the recent commercial availability of high-performance second-generation HTS wires, power-equipment demonstrations have increasingly been carried out with these new wires, which bring important advantages. The foundation is being laid for commercial expansion of this important technology into the power grid. © Copyright ©2012 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved. Source
Amsc | Date: 2010-03-31
A method for retro-fitting wind-energy conversion system includes disconnecting a first set of multiple windings from active circuitry; shorting together the first set of multiple windings; and connecting a second set of multiple windings to the active circuitry.
« California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project increases incentives for low- and moderate-income drivers | Main | UPS orders Agility’s new Behind-the-Cab CNG fuel systems » America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have launched the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC). The purpose of the AMSC will be to coordinate and accelerate the development of industry-wide additive manufacturing standards and specifications consistent with stakeholder needs and thereby facilitate the growth of the additive manufacturing industry. Participation is open to any interested person. Established in 2012 as the flagship Institute for the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) infrastructure, America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. It is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). Founded in 1918, ANSI serves as the administrator and coordinator of the United States private-sector voluntary standardization system. The Institute has a track record of convening stakeholders to define standardization needs that address national and global priorities in areas as diverse as energy efficiency in the built environment, electric vehicles, homeland security, and nanotechnology. The catalyst for the AMSC is the fact that a number of standards developing organizations are engaged in standards-setting for various aspects of additive manufacturing, prompting the need for coordination to maintain a consistent, harmonized, and non-contradictory set of additive manufacturing standards. The AMSC will identify existing standards and standards in development, assess gaps, and make recommendations for priority areas where there is a perceived need for additional standardization, including in relation to needs already identified in the America Makes Additive Manufacturing Technology Roadmap. The AMSC inaugural meeting will be held on 31 March at Penn State.
News Article | March 4, 2016
A few Sunday's ago, my analysis of the Chinese wind industry, which the respected publication, Renewable Energy World, published in 2012, made a cameo appearance in a 60 Minutes’ segment called The Great Brain Robbery, which report described the widespread practice of Chinese cyber hacking of American companies. My article — A Harsh Winter for China’s Wind Industry and Its Leading Company: Sinovel — was used as a Trojan Horse by Chinese cyber hackers, acting on behalf of a Chinese company, to gain access to the computer network of American Superconductor (AMSC), a publicly traded Massachusetts company.
News Article | November 3, 2015
Power grid and wind energy equipment manufacturer AMSC of Devens said Tuesday that revenue was up in its second quarter on the back of additional wind contracts and a $3.7 million government contract modification. Second-quarter revenue for the company was $19 million, compared with $12.5 million for the second quarter of 2014. AMSC's wind division was particularly important in driving the revenue rise, the company's statement said. However, the company reported losses of $7.7 million or 57 cents per share. This was down from $25.4 million, or $3.12 per share, for the same period of fiscal 2014, the company said. Highlights of the quarter included a large wind order, additional voltage regulation orders, and an additional U.S. utility to perform a deployment study of AMSC's Resilient Electric Grid system, according to the company. The Department of Homeland Security has awarded the company a contract modification, worth up to $3.7 million, for its Resilient Electric Grid system, which helps isolate power outtages and allow cities to recover quicker when they do happen. The modification serves as a bridge between the deployment plan and construction phases of the project, the company said. The additional funds bring the project to $5.2 million, AMSC said. The company said it has also seen interest for the product coming from Boston, Washington and other cities. For the third quarter, AMSC expects that its revenues will be in the range of $19 million to $22 million, and that its net loss will be less than $5.5 million, or 40 cents per share.