Tri-State-sponsored power line R&D to be part of new center planned at DU

Research shows that carbon core conductor (shown) can operate at higher temperatures and move more energy than conventional power line materials.

Research shows that carbon core conductor (shown) can operate at higher temperatures and move more energy than conventional power line materials.

Among Tri-State’s many collaborations to gain maximum leverage for its research and development dollars is an on-going project at the University of Denver (Denver, Colo.) that is focused on advanced carbon-core transmission line conductor analysis. This research is expected to eventually lead to the development of power lines that carry a greater amount of energy than existing traditional aluminum and steel conductor.

The University of Denver (DU) recently announced that this conductor testing will continue as part of a new research center that will be largely funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. DU, in collaboration with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Michigan Technological University, received this five-year renewable grant to collaborate with corporations to further basic materials research.

The mission of the Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures is to provide a forum for industry/university cooperative research, including evaluation, design, modeling and the development of novel high voltage and high temperature materials and structures for energy transfer, aerospace, automotive and other applications.

The new Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures will be constructed at the DU campus (shown) in south Denver.

The new Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures will be constructed at the DU campus (shown) in south Denver.

“Tri-State has been supporting research at DU on advanced technologies in transmission line conductor for about six years,” said Art Mander, delivery resource strategy manager.  “During that time we’ve seen a lot of progress and an expansion of this research,” he added.

Also supporting the transmission line research at DU is the Western Area Power Administration.

DU’s director for the new center, Dr. Maciej Kumosa, said, “The center will utilize the most advanced aerospace technologies to design novel materials and structures for the next generation electrical grid. The aggressive environment of the high voltage grid will drive innovations that will benefit other industries such as aerospace, oil, transportation and many others.”

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