American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC), a global power technologies company, has selected Korea-based LS Cable Ltd. and France-based Nexans as the superconductor power cable subcontractors for the Tres Amigas SuperStation.
This first-of-its-kind power transmission hub will be located in Clovis, N.M., and is expected to link the U.S.' three primary electric transmission grids – the Eastern (Southwest Power Pool), Western (Western Electricity Coordinating Council) and Texas (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) interconnections. LS Cable and Nexans will both manufacture superconductor power cables utilizing Amperium wire, AMSC's proprietary second generation high-temperature superconductor wire.
Once completed, the Tres Amigas SuperStation will, for the first time, provide the capability to transfer thousands of megawatts of power between the three asynchronous U.S. power grids, AMSC says. Tres Amigas is intended to enable the faster adoption of renewable energy and increase the reliability of the U.S. grid.
SOURCE: American Superconductor Corp.