International Brainstorming Workshop on the future of long-distance high-power electric transmission (Superconducting DC lines) was held on May 12th-13th 2011 in Potsdam.
Renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal and tidal power, are increasingly becoming more widely available in many parts of the world. Following the recent accident in Japan, the proposals to reduce nuclear power will make the development of renewable energy even more of a priority. As renewable energy sources will be located where suitable conditions (solar radiation, wind) are available, the generated energy will have to be transported over long distances, up to several thousands of kilometres.
Over 40 international experts from academia, research institutions and industry came together in Potsdam on the invitation of the IASS Scientific Director, Prof. Carlo Rubbia, to discuss the survey of the present status and perspectives of long-distance energy transport through superconducting electric lines.