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Superconductivity research initiative.

Superconductivity research initiative

In late September the Department of Energy opened three pilot centers to foster collaborative research between industry and national laboratories in "high temperature" superconductors. The pilot centers, located at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, will each receive $2 million in the current fiscal year to help industry discover new applications for ever-advancing superconductor technology.

Collaboration between government and industry could include joint projects between scientists in each sector, work contracted by industry and pursued at the national laboratories, staff exchanges or the licensing of superconductivity patents for commercial application, says Secretary of Energy John S. Herrington.

In a related development, the federal government announced this month the first licensing of a superconductivity patent from a national laboratory to a private company. Argonne National Laboratory licensed a process for making thin, superconducting films to American Superconductor Corp. of Cambridge, Mass.
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Date:Oct 29, 1988
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