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SuperNode and AMBER collaborate on advanced materials development for Superconductor cable systems

10 August 2022

SuperNode and AMBER, the SFI Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research are delighted to announce their continued research collaboration in the area of advanced materials development for superconducting cable systems. AMBER will create a state-of-the-art experimental testbed replicating real world conditions which will monitor and improve the material properties of SuperNode’s advanced thermal management technology. The project aims to improve the cost, functionality, reliability and range for high-capacity transmission.

SuperNode CEO John Fitzgerald

SuperNode CEO John Fitzgerald states:

“We are in a race to achieve decarbonisation, and current grid technology will not get us there. We need new innovative grid technologies. SuperNode is developing game-changing transmission and grid connection systems based on superconductivity. Superconducting connection systems are complex and SuperNode requires best in class collaborators. Amber is a great partner for SuperNode as they provide best in class expertise, they understand our business and are aligned with our mission and vision.”


Prof. Mick Morris, Director of AMBER at Trinity College Dublin who will lead this second project states:

 “We are delighted to enter our second project with SuperNode. Our work with SuperNode has truly become a joint endeavour, and to have the opportunity to extend our collaboration with this project is exciting. Our aim is to use innovative and detailed analysis and testing in our laboratory that will help to optimise the technology and open new avenues that could prove vital for decarbonisation of the energy system on a global scale in years to come.”


The 18-month project is the second that SuperNode and AMBER have undertaken together. The first project, led by Dr. Ian Major, focused on the identification and characterisation of composite materials that can reduce the cost of manufacture and installation.

SuperNode is a global technology company that designs and delivers superconducting connection systems to connect renewable generation and increase grid interconnection in mature markets.

AMBER is an advanced materials and BioEngineering research centre focused on delivering economic, environmental, health and societal solutions through collaborative research.

For more information contact Denise Carthy at denise.carthy@tcd.ie



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