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Materials

BASF wires into superconductors

by Alex Scott
May 16, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 20

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Credit: BASF
Pilot plant for making superconducting wire.
Credit: BASF
Pilot plant for making superconducting wire.

BASF has opened a pilot plant in Rheinbach, Germany, that manufactures high-temperature superconducting wire. Applications include current limiters and cables for power grids. BASF will use the pilot facility to provide customers with samples of superconducting wire made using a continuous chemical deposition process in which thin films of a superconducting material and several buffer layers are applied to a metal strip. BASF says its technology is on course to be cheaper than existing processes, which require a vacuum or a clean-room environment.

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