Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


ORNL helps introduce new superconducting cable

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sep. 19, 2006 — Twenty thousand households in suburban Columbus, Ohio, are about to receive electricity through a high temperature superconducting cable developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Southwire, American Electric Power and Praxair are among the partners with Oak Ridge on a technology that will mean cheaper and more energy efficient transmission of electricity.

Oak Ridge's Dominic Lee says the Columbus project is a huge step forward.

"It demonstrates a real-world setting of the benefits of high temperature superconducting in power infrastructure," Lee said, noting superconductivity is the wave of the future in transmitting electricity. "This is a very important project for further development of high temperature superconducting and will pave the way to widespread use of this technology."

More information about the project is available at http://www.southwire.com/processGetArticle.do?commonId=72e2c46f1fdad010VgnVCM1000002702a8c0____

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