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November 29, 2010

American Superconductor Selects Cable Subcontractors for Tres Amigas SuperStation

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) selected  Korea's LS Cable (News - Alert) Ltd., and France's Nexans as the superconductor power cable subcontractors for the Tres Amigas SuperStation.

AMSC is a global power technologies company. Officials with American Superconductor (News - Alert) Corporation said that this first-of-its-kind power transmission hub will be located in Clovis, New Mexico and is expected to 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.

According to company officials, once completed, the Tres Amigas SuperStation will, for the first time, provide the capability to transfer thousands of megawatts of power between the three asynchronous U.S. power grids.

Tres Amigas is intended to enable the 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," said Phil Harris, founder and chief executive officer of Tres Amigas, in a statement.

Harris said that 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.”

Tres Amigas, LLC is uniting the nation's electric grid. Utilizing the latest advances in power grid technology, Tres Amigas is focused on providing 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.

Tres Amigas, LLC is a merchant transmission entity composed of electric utility industry operational, technology and thought leaders.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard