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.
Since the mid-1990s, THEVA has been standing for application-oriented technologies. With our new superconductor tapes, available from begin of 2015, we are focussing on requirements in the industry: manufacturers of cables, power electronics, power rails or industrial drives require reliable material that can be easily processed. We ensure this with our unique approach to superconductor production as well as our professional quality management. At the same time, our superconductor tape THEVA Pro-Line has the potential to replace copper conductors in high-performance applications. Its high power density opens up entirely new design perspectives for applications in electrical engineering as well as drive technology, magnet technology and manufacturing sectors.