Superconducting transmission lines have a tremendous size advantage and lower total electrical losses for high capacity transmission compared to solutions based on standard conductors. This leads to a minimized environmental impact and enables an overall more sustainable transmission of electric energy. The socio-economic aspects of transmission lines based on the novel magnesium diboride superconductor and on high-temperature superconductors are compared to state-of-the-art HVDC overhead lines and underground cables based on resistive conductors.
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Thomas, H., Marian, A., Chervyakov, A., Stückrad, S., Salmieri, D., Rubbia, C. (2016): Superconducting transmission lines – Sustainable electric energy transfer with higher public acceptance? - Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 55, p. 59-72.DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2015.10.041
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