July 21, 2006

Superconductors & Nanotech: The Future Of Naval Propulsion?

By: by Defense Industry Daily


Military.com reports that the USA is also undertaking efforts to develop cryogenically cooled electronics and power generation systems that could help it deal with surging electricity requirements for its all-electric warships, while dropping the size of a typical naval engine (currently, about the size of a semi's trailer) by half and cutting weight (up to 220 tons) by a third. The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is creating semiconductors for low-temperature functions, and MTECH Laboratories is working on turning them into power inverter modules. Superconducting wires that carry electricity with no resistance are the third requirement. Since all-electric warships are a global trend in advanced militaries, successes in this research area could have fairly profound implications.

Other areas of research using 2G HTS include degaussing cable systems, and non-lethal weapons; AMSC is actively involved in developing components or systems for each of these applications.

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