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SELF-RESTORING FAULT CURRENT LIMITER UTILIZING HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTOR…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
15646
Program Year/Program:
1992 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
15646
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Illinois Superconductor
451 Kingston Court Mount Prospect, IL 60056
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1992
Title: SELF-RESTORING FAULT CURRENT LIMITER UTILIZING HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTOR COMPONENTS
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $500,000.00
 

Abstract:

ILLINOIS SUPERCONDUCTOR CORP. WILL DESIGN AND TEST FAULT CURRENT LIMITERS WHICH USE RECENTLY DISCOVERED HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTING MATERIALS TO PROTECT VITAL SPACECRAFT COMPONENTS FROM UNPREDICTABLE POWER SURGES AND SPIKES. THESE DEVICES WILL ALSO FIND USE IN THE ULTRA-HIGH SPEED SWITCHING OF VERY LARGE CURRENTS, A KEY TO FUTURE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEMS. THE KEY TO THESE COMPONENTS IS THE CLEVER USE OF WHAT HAS BEEN CONSIDERED A WEAKNESS IN THE NEW SUPERCONDUCTORS - A LIMIT IN THE MATERIAL'S ABILITY TO CARRY CURRENT. THROUGH CAREFUL ENGINEERING, THE CURRENT LIMITER CARRIES NORMAL LEVELS OF ELECTRICITY WITH NO LOSSES DUE TO RESISTANCE. WHEN A POWER SPIKE OCCURS, THE DEVICE LOSSES ITS SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND BECOMES AN ELECTRICAL BRAKE, PROTECTING MORE FRAGILE DEVICES DOWNSTREAM FROM THE SURGE. THIS PRODUCT CAN BE USED IN THE COMMERCIAL POWER DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY. THERE, A DEVICE TO PROTECT ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS FROM POWER SURGES CAN SAVE UTILITIES HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CAPITAL AND OPERATIONAL COSTS.

Principal Investigator:

James D Hodge
Principal Investigator
7084917661

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Illinois Superconductor Corp.
1801 Maple Avenue Evanston, IL 60201

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No