The U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research has awarded a $70 million contract to design and build a prototype 36.5-megawatt propulsion motor using high-temperature superconductors (HTS). HTS materials carry electrical current with essentially zero resistance.The Navy's HTS motor will produce nearly 50,000 horsepower while measuring less than half the size and roughly one-third the weight of a standard motor with copper conductors. 'The U.S. Navy is going electric,' says Rear Admiral Jay M. Cohen, Chief of Naval Research. 'Superconductor technology will help reduce the size and weight of motors, generators, power transmission and supporting electrical components to help speed the transition to electric this decade.'
Last Updated on February 2nd, 2007 11:10 am by admin