SuperOx, JSC, Slava Technopark’s most substantial resident, showed Dmitry Medvedev the facility for manufacturing a second-generation high-temperature superconducting wire and the projects in which this product is used as the basic element. Since 2012, the company has become a key supplier of HTS wire in Russia and Europe.
To organize the manufacturing of superconducting current limiters (HTS CL) demanded by electricity companies, SuperOx developed all the necessary technologies and, with the support of the Industrial Development Fund, set up a new manufacturing facility. In 2017, by resolution of the Russian Ministry of Energy, the joint project with United Power Company, JSC aimed at integrating 220 kV HTS CLs at the Mnevniki substation was given the status of a national project.
According to Andrey Maiorov, CEO at United Power Company, developing the power industry in the Moscow region and intensively growing the grid, primarily, the 220 kV grid, lead to a steady growth of short circuit currents. The new technology will allow a significant reduction in the load on the grid and prevent short circuit currents, which are one of the major reasons for premature wear and tear on the equipment, as well as other emergencies.
The first 220 kV HTS LC will be commissioned at the Mnevniki substation in Moscow in 2018. It will be the first HTS CL in the Russian power grid with the highest capacity in the world.
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin reported to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the progress of the current project: “This leading-edge technology secures super reliability of the whole grid after a short circuit, as well as reliability and durability of the equipment. We are now building a substation in Mnevniki, then we will proceed to the ring of substations.” The integral economic effect in the Moscow grid alone exceeds RUB 100 billion.
In 2017, with the support of the Foundation for Advanced Research Projects, SuperOx developed an unparalleled HTS motor technology (the Kontur project). The technology will be used to build prospective electric propulsion systems in aeronautics and shipbuilding. Along with the Prime Minister, Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov also showed interest in the project’s development.
In addition to the announced development, Andrey Vavilov, Chairman of the Board of Directors at SuperOx, told the Prime Minister of a new initiative area. The company is engaged in the development of an electric rocket motor for the orbital transfer vehicle. According to Vavilov, implementation of the technology “will secure Russia’s dominating role in the space service market”.