SITE VISITS IN JAPAN AND EUROPE

In Japan the panel divided up into two teams. All panelists went to the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). Team A then went to the Nikko works of the Furukawa Electric Company, where superconductors are manufactured, and which is also Furukawa's principal copper- and aluminum-manufacturing facility. Furukawa is known as one of Japan's leading superconducting wire manufacturers, making both LTS and HTS wire. On the second day Team A went to the Superconductivity Research Laboratory (SRL) of the International Superconductivity Technology Center (ISTEC) in Tokyo and to Toshiba's Keihin works in Kawasaki. This is Toshiba's large electrical machine manufacturing works, where the superconducting rotor for the Super-GM generator and other large devices are made. On the third day this team went to the Yamanashi Maglev test site. On the fourth day it went in the morning to the Kobe Steel Research Laboratory, where Japan Magnet Technology and its MRI magnetic fabrication facility is located, and in the afternoon to Sumitomo Electric Industries Company (SEI) in Osaka. On the fifth day Team A visited the Fujikura Research Laboratory in Tokyo and the laboratories of Professor Kitazawa at Tokyo University.

Team B also started at NEDO, then went to the Hitachi Research Laboratory in Hitachi City. On the second day it visited the National Research Institute for Metals (NRIM) and the High Energy Physics Laboratory (KEK). On the third day it went to Tokai University and to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). On the fourth day this team went to the Super-GM site of the generator program in Osaka and to Mitsubishi Electric Company (MELCO). On the fifth and final day it went to Chubu Electric Power Company and to the Central Research Institute for the Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI). In Germany, Blaugher and Larbalestier went to Cologne to participate in the Statusseminar (a review of the German Federal Ministry for Technology [BMBF] program in applied superconductivity), the first day of which was devoted to power applications. They then went to Vacuumschmelze on the second day, and to the central Siemens research laboratory in Erlangen on the third. On the fourth day they visited the ABB Research Laboratory in Baden, Switzerland, and returned to Germany on the fifth day for a visit to the Institute for Technical Physics and the Institute for Applied Superconductivity in Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK).

The panel's findings are presented in detail in the separate chapters on power systems, generation, and storage (Chapter 2); power transmission and distribution (Chapter 3); high field magnets and other power applications (Chapter 4); conductor technology (Chapter 5); and the current status of low Tc R&D in Japan (Chapter 6). Here follows a brief summary of the findings.


Published: September 1997; WTEC Hyper-Librarian