Numerous applications are require more power these days. However, these applications often don’t allow much if any more room for expanding the size or weight of the machine delivering the power. The next generation of military vehicles will require more power to run onboard weapons and supporting equipment, but have little to no room to budge on size or weight design parameters. The Air Force predicts the next generation of fighter jets will have twice the power and thermal requirements of current fighter jets like the F-22. The U.S. Navy plans to make all electric ships a reality by 2012. This means all mechanisms currently driven by hydraulic or pneumatic controls will be driven by distributed electrical power. CEM’s HTS motor design can help the military meet the power demands of next generation vehicles, as the current design delivers up to 50% more power for the same package size versus conventional motors. Put another way, HTS motors can deliver the same power as a conventional permanent magnet motor in a smaller & lighter package.
Wind Turbine Generators - Direct drive wind generator systems utilizing HTS materials instead of conventional materials for the generator’s stator are expected to be much smaller, lighter and more efficient than conventional generators and gearboxes. Resulting in a lighter suspended tower weight and a lower cost of wind generated electricity, particularly for offshore wind farms.
Portable Power – Islanding of power for military base security and emergency response requires lighter weight and more portable power generators that can be airlifted easily into an effected area. When power was desperately needed at the nuclear plant in Japan and all roads into the plant were obstructed, one possible solution would have been to airlift in power units.
Mr. Jon Hahne