Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

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


Audio Spot: Superconducting wire could increase energy efficiency

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 10, 2007 — A new superconducting wire that can carry increasing loads of electricity has been developed and tested at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Oak Ridge's Parans Paranthaman says the superconducting wire can dramatically increase energy efficiency.

"These superconducting wires have zero resistance," says Paranthaman "They can carry up to 140 times more current."

Working with the company SuperPower, Paranthaman says the wire is still undergoing tests.

"They used our technology and they made six-mile long wires," Paranthaman says. "They're being installed in Albany, N.Y."

The Oak Ridge developed superconducting wire recently earned an R&D 100 Award as one of 2007's most technologically significant new products.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.