The DRYSMES4GRID project: development of a cryogen free cooled SMES demonstrator based on MgB2

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, Antonio Sergio Siri, Matteo Tropeano, Simonetta Turtu, Maurizio Vignolo

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A three-year research project, called DRYSMES4GRID, has been recently funded by the Italian Minister of Economic Development. 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 300 kJ/100 kW. Though reduced, 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 economical 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 MgB2 coil and the power condition system are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Jan 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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