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November 23, 2010

American Superconductor Selects Cable Subcontractors for Tres Amigas SuperStation

By Anamika Singh, TMCnet Contributor

American Superconductor Corporation, a global power technologies company, revealed that Korea’s LS Cable (News - Alert) Ltd., and France’s Nexans have been selected as the superconductor power cable subcontractors for the Tres Amigas SuperStation.

This power transmission hub will be located in Clovis, New Mexico and will link America’s three primary electric transmission grids, the Eastern (Southwest Power Pool), Western (Western Electricity Coordinating Council) and Texas (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) interconnections. LS Cable and Nexans will both manufacture superconductor power cables utilizing Amperium wire, AMSC’s proprietary second generation (2G) high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire.

The Tres Amigas SuperStation will allow the transfer of thousands of megawatts of power between the three asynchronous U.S. power grids. Tres Amigas will allow faster adoption of renewable energy and increase the reliability of the U.S. grid.

“America’s clean tech markets require a modern power grid to transmit large quantities of electricity from renewable energy sources to customers in urban centers,” commented Phil Harris, founder and chief executive officer of Tres Amigas.

“By connecting America’s three power grids, Tres Amigas is taking this challenge head on. We are delighted that AMSC has chosen to work with two of the world’s largest and most respected cable manufacturers for this project of national importance,” Harris added.

Tres Amigas is uniting the nation’s electric grid. With the advances in power grid technology, Tres Amigas provides the first common interconnection of America’s three power grids to help the country achieve its renewable energy goals and facilitate the smooth, reliable and efficient transfer of green power from region to region.

Anamika Singh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anamika's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf