Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES)

Coordinator: Xavier Granados (CSIC)
Deputy: João Murta Pina (FCT/NOVA)


Only the Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage, SMES, stores energy directly as electricity, and this allows a very fast delivery of high power at high efficiency. The central vision / mission is to enable highly efficient, reliable and cost effective fast SMES solutions. Our general objectives are to establish a joint European characterization and demonstration platform for SMES related super-conducting materials with higher operating temperatures, to implement these materials in modular SMES approaches and to increase volumetric energy and power density thereby decreasing the system costs for becoming fully cost-competitive with alternative short term energy storage.

Work Packages

WP 1: Materials
Task 1.1 Superconducting Material Characterization
Task 1.2 Structural and Insulation Materials
WP 2: Technology
Task 2.1 Modelling and Simulation
Task 2.2 Coil Technology
WP 3: System Integration
Task 3.1 Network Integration
Task 3.2 Hybrid Energy Storage