Lightweight, High-power Density, Self-protecting Superconducting Power Cables and Connectors for Electric Aircraft Applications



Program:
Special Projects
Award:
$1,600,000
Location:
Boulder,
Colorado
Status:
ACTIVE
Project Term:
08/08/2021 - 08/22/2024

Project Innovation + Advantages:

Advanced Conductor Technologies will develop two-pole, high-temperature, superconducting DC power cables and connectors with a power rating of up to 50 MW to enable twin-aisle aircraft with distributed electric propulsion to reduce carbon emissions. The cables and connectors will contain insulation independent of the cryogenic medium used as coolant and allow an operating voltage of 10 kV. Because they have intrinsic fault current limiting capabilities, the cables can protect the power distribution network from over-currents. This intrinsic capability will reduce the complexity of the power distribution network while improving its reliability.

Contact

ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Isik Kizilyalli
Project Contact:
Dr. Danko van der Laan
Press and General Inquiries Email:
ARPA-E-Comms@hq.doe.gov
Project Contact Email:
danko@advancedconductor.com

Partners

Florida State University
Los Alamos National Laboratory

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