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PIRELLI IS AWARDED EPRI CONTRACT TO DESIGN SUPERCONDUCTING CABLES

 PIRELLI IS AWARDED EPRI CONTRACT TO DESIGN SUPERCONDUCTING CABLES
 FLORHAM PARK, N.J., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A research project for the development of superconducting power transmission cables has been awarded to the Pirelli Group by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the research and development arm of the U.S. electric utility industry. The contract finalizing the award was signed recently in Palo Alto, Ca. by EPRI and Pirelli Cable Corporation, the U.S. affiliate of the Pirelli Group.
 With the initiation of the project, the development of high temperature superconductors officially enters the phase of exploring real prospects of application in power cable transmission, Pirelli noted.
 Superconductivity is the property that allows certain materials, when operating at very low temperatures, to present no resistance to the transmission of electrical current. After overcoming certain technological difficulties, it has become possible to achieve superconductivity at a higher temperature than previously (at up to minus 196 degrees C instead of minus 269 degrees C). The superconductivity studies now are focusing on improving existing materials and developing specific electric power transmission applications.
 The objective of the research assigned by EPRI to Pirelli is to design a cable that can transmit much higher power than traditional cables, yet possess comparable dimensions and a competitive cost-to- performance ratio.
 The Pirelli Group, a leader in the development of new technologies in the cable sector, expects the results of its superconductivity work to open significant new opportunities in the power transmission field.
 The EPRI project follows a successful three-year research program of cooperation between Pirelli and American Superconductor Corporation as well as two research projects in Europe with other cable manufacturers conducted with the support of the European community. These projects collectively have helped to develop new high temperature superconducting materials as well as to verify the technical feasibility and the economic potential of superconducting cables for power transmission, Pirelli said.
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 /CONTACT: John T. Barteld, 201-377-7004 or Ted Baron, 212-840-7815, both of Pirelli Cable/ CO: Pirelli Cable Corp. ST: New Jersey IN: SU: CON


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