Accession Number : ADA304985

Title :   Preliminary Investigation of Small Scale Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) Systems.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL

Personal Author(s) : Schwartz, J. ; Burkhardt, E. E. ; Taylor, William R.

PDF Url : ADA304985

Report Date : JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 64

Abstract : Most Army installations purchase electricity from local utilities and pay an additional charge for peak demand. If the peak demand can be reduced, installations can realize significant cost savings. This research investigated the technical and economic issues associated with constructing a small scale superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) system for reducing peak demand at Army installations. Analyses included magnetic design parameters, and costs of materials currently available and those being developed. Although advanced materials could reduce costs by as much as 45 percent, current SMES technology is still too costly for use at Army installations. Technological advances and future wide spread use of SMES systems may reduce costs to the point where this alternative would be practical.

Descriptors :   *ELECTRIC POWER, *ENERGY STORAGE, PEAK VALUES, SUPERCONDUCTORS, ARMY FACILITIES, COSTS, ELECTRICITY, SAVINGS.

Subject Categories : Energy Storage
      Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE