Advanced Superconductor Manufacturing Institute (ASMI)

Overcoming manufacturing challenges in advanced superconductors

ASMI at the University of Houston

High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) have the potential to provide multiple commercial solutions to a broad spectrum of sectors of the US economy such as energy, defense, industrial applications, communications, and medicine. In the energy sector, for example, HTS devices have the potential to benefit both renewable and non-renewable energy industries, accelerate introduction of smart grid hardware applications and improve sustainability through enhanced energy efficiency, high power density, less CO2 emission, better power quality and improved resiliency and security of the power grid. Superconducting devices do not simply provide improvements over conventional technologies; they provide unique solutions to challenges that cannot be achieved otherwise.

While the transition of HTS wires from lab-scale to initial manufacturing demonstrations has been accomplished, the transition to a commercial market has been impeded by several manufacturing hurdles. Over the last year, the University of Houston (UH) has been actively working to bring industry stakeholders together to address the major issues in manufacturing of superconductor wires and devices. An outcome of this effort is the recent formation by the University of Houston of the Advanced Superconductor Manufacturing Institute (ASMI), a Texas not-for profit entity. The objective of ASMI is to enable an industry-driven consortium to overcome the major technological barriers that inhibit the growth of HTS-based advanced manufacturing in the U.S. to achieve the enormous market potential and create high-tech jobs.