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SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNETIC ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM FOR INDUSTRY WINS TOP AWARD

 SUPERCONDUCTING MAGNETIC ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM FOR INDUSTRY
 WINS TOP AWARD
 /ADVANCE/CHICAGO, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Research & Development magazine announced in a news conference today that it has selected an innovative energy storage device as one of the world's top 100 most significant technical advancements of 1992. The SSD(TM), a superconducting magnetic energy storage system, delivers megawatts of electricity instantaneously to large industrial loads during momentary power sags. U.S. industries lose billions of dollars annually to such electrical power disruptions, most of which are less than one second long.
 The news conference, marking the R&D magazine competition's 30th anniversary, was held at Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry on Sept. 24. An R&D 100 Exhibit will be open to the public through Oct. 22.
 The SSD, developed, manufactured and marketed by Superconductivity, Inc. (SI), Madison, Wis., represents the first commercial use of superconducting technology for power applications. The device consists of a magnet coil enclosed in a cylindrical vessel and submerged in a bath of liquid helium at a temperature of 452 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, the magnet coil becomes "superconducting," losing all resistance to electrical current. This enables the SSD to carry large currents without losses.
 In a working environment, such as a papermill or semiconductor plant, the SSD's associated power electronics subsystems are able to detect utility-side voltage sags as short as a few milliseconds (msec). Before the plant's electrical equipment can react to this power disruption, the SSD delivers its energy, allowing the loads to "ride through" the event.
 In fact, the SSD can start discharging power in less than two milliseconds. Timing is critical because a voltage sag of only 250 msec can shut down a paper machine, resulting in hours of downtime, and possible equipment damage costing thousands of dollars.
 The importance of the SSD is underscored when considering that most manufacturing industries have replaced electromechanical equipment with new electronically controlled digital equipment, which is particularly vulnerable to momentary voltage disturbances.
 The SSD is applicable to any industry which needs continuous power for its critical processes -- the textile, semiconductor, metal and plastic industries, for example. Until the SSD, the only alternatives to address poor power quality were battery back-ups and motor- generators. These devices have consistently proven to be unreliable, unwieldy and costly.
 The SSD's development was initiated by SI President Paul Koeppe, formerly director of Electric Marketing at Wisconsin Power & Light Company, and Dr. Richard Lundy, SI's chief technical officer, formerly associate director of Fermi National Laboratory. Dr. Lundy is widely regarded as a leading expert on the design and manufacture of pulsed superconducting magnets. Six U.S. electric utilities have contributed to the development of the SSD.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Emerick of Superconductivity, Inc., 800-236-6773; or Jerry Duncan of The Brady Company, 414-255-0100, for Superconductivity, Inc./ CO: Superconductivity, Inc. ST: Wisconsin IN: OIL UTI SU:


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