The DRYSMES4GRID Project: Development of a 500 kJ/200 kW Cryogen-Free Cooled SMES Demonstrator Based on MgB

Antonio Morandi, Alessandro Anemona, Giuliano Angeli, Marco Breschi, Antonio Della Corte, Carlo Ferdeghini, Chiara Gandolfi, Gabriele Grandi, Gianni Grasso, Luciano Martini, Umberto Melaccio, Davide Nardelli, Pier Luigi Ribani, Sergio Siri, Matteo Tropeano, Simonetta Turtù, Maurizio Vignolo

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A three-year research project, called DRYSMES4GRID, was recently funded by the Italian Minister of Economic Development, Italy. The project, which involves five Italian partners (companies, universities, and research institutes), is aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of cost-competitive SMES based on magnesium diboride (MgB2) with a cryogen-free cooling by means of the manufacturing and the testing of a demonstrator with an objective rating of 500 kJ/200 kW. This rating is deemed suitable for disclosing the critical technological aspects of all components in view of practical applications. A further goal of the project is the assessment of the technical and economic benefits that the SMES can bring to real-world electric grids. The general outline and technical objectives of the project are presented in this paper. Preliminary design assumptions and results concerning the MgB2coil and the power condition system are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8259264
Pages (from-to)-
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Morandi, A., Anemona, A., Angeli, G., Breschi, M., Della Corte, A., Ferdeghini, C., Gandolfi, C., Grandi, G., Grasso, G., Martini, L., Melaccio, U., Nardelli, D., Ribani, P. L., Siri, S., Tropeano, M., Turtù, S., & Vignolo, M. (2018). The DRYSMES4GRID Project: Development of a 500 kJ/200 kW Cryogen-Free Cooled SMES Demonstrator Based on MgB. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 28(4), -. [8259264].