In October, the Association of Employed Academics and Senior Executives in the Chemical Industry (VAA – Führungskräfte Chemie) published a special issue on superconductors. The author Timur Slapke shows how the interest of producers, investors and energy suppliers is growing. Another topic: How new opportunities are created by the transformation of the energy sector and electromobility. Interested? Then you can download the PDF here. The link to the e-book can be found here.
A special moment at the Hannover Fair 2017: At the ivSupra pavilion, physics Nobel laureate Dr Georg Bednorz was made an honorary member of ivSupra. Dr Werner Prusseit, CEO of THEVA GmbH, presented him with the certificate of membership.
Inductee Dr Bednorz with the ivSupra board – Vice Presidents Dr Wolfgang Reiser and Dr Michael Bäcker, President Dr Werner Prusseit, left to right. More on this year’s Hannover Fair in the press release.
In June 2016 it was time. THEVA closed the second financing round with investments totalling 6.4 million euros. On 9 November 2016 the investors, along with 60 other guests, took a look at the company’s superconductor development work on-site. As a special guest, CEO Dr. Werner Prusseit greeted State Minister Ilse Aigner, initiator of the Bavarian Growth Fund. Left to right: State Minister Ilse Aigner, THEVA CEO Dr. Werner Prusseit, Physics Nobel Laureate Dr. Johannes Georg Bednorz
From over 600 applicants, an independent jury commissioned by the Federal President chose ivSupra to be one of 190 exhibitors at the Week of the Environment in Berlin. The Federal President himself stopped by to take a look at what superconductors can do.
Left to right: Dr. Werner Prusseit, CEO THEVA, explains to Federal Minister for the Environment Barbara Hendricks and Federal President Joachim Gauck the performance advantages of superconductors over conventional copper cable.
On a visit to the facility, Dr. Georg Bednorz was able to see for himself how much progress has been made towards series production of superconductors. He expressed confidence “that a full market breakthrough, with all its benefits to industry and society, lies just ahead.” Find out more about his visit in the press release.
Left to right: Dr. Mechthild Wennemer Bednorz, THEVA CEO Dr. Werner Prusseit, Nobel laureate Dr. Johannes Georg Bednorz and THEVA CTO Dr. Jörg Handke
From over 600 applicants, an independent jury commissioned by the German President chose the ivSupra industry association to be one of 190 exhibitors. As a founding member, THEVA will actively support the exhibit. The reasons for the decision were the “quality, innovation and exemplary nature” of superconductor technology, and its high social, technical and economic implementation potential.
Hence, the ivSupra will be represented at the Week of the Environment which reiterates for the fifth time on June 7-8. The event at Schloss Bellevue in Berlin is a venue for forward-looking environmental projects, and is held by the German President in cooperation with the German Federal Environmental Foundation, one of the largest in Europe.
For more information, see: www.dbu.de
At an information event in Berlin put on by the German superconductor industry association ivSupra and the Federal environmental foundation DBU, policy experts from all parliamentary groups discussed superconductor technology in the context of current issues around grid extensions in Germany, the energy transition and integration of the European electricity market. The advantages of superconductors, including their reliability benefits in refrigeration technology, have already been demonstrated in a pilot project by RWE AG in Essen. More information is available from ivSupra at http://www.ivsupra.de/images/presse/2015/2015-11-30%20Pressemitteilung%20Supraleiter%20für%20den%20Netzausbau.pdf
Superconductors will play a crucial role in tomorrow’s power technology. Consequently, THEVA is striving to make its production operations eco-friendly. Since the beginning of 2015 we have been committed entirely to renewable energy: the electricity we use is pure hydropower, our heating is geothermal, and our cooling is by groundwater. This makes our production carbon-neutral.
In a joint development project, THEVA is helping its Spanish partner Oxolutia S.L. in the development of cheap, flexible solar cells. Making use of its expertise in superconductor manufacturing, the company is providing textured buffers layers on steel foil.
The background to this is that many applications require virtually monocrystalline oriented functional layers to give maximum performance. The challenge lies in deploying innovative processes to achieve this quality even on low-cost substrates.
Dr. Werner Prusseit, CEO THEVA GmbH, said of the project, “The photovoltaic market is very cost-sensitive, so a fast and efficient production method is a great advantage. That’s where THEVA comes in. We’re glad to have the opportunity to drive important innovations across industries. In return, we can use the production knowledge that we gain to reduce the costs of our own superconductor manufacturing.”
The project is part of the European Manunet Initiative and is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
So far THEVA has been an experienced provider of coating technology and equipment engineering. Starting in 2015, we positioned ourselves in the market as a new manufacturer of high-performance, reliable superconductor wires. The company’s product line THEVA Pro-Line is aimed at clients in various sectors ranging from electrical engineering to magnet technology. The design also keeps pace with the new strategy: the company’s market image is clear, distinctive and modern, the website has been redesigned, and customer requirements have been structured accordingly.