Formed under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA), this agreement brings together institutions located in nine nations, all leaders in the effort to develop useful equipment that incorporates high and medium temperature superconductors. Our focus is on equipment for the power sector, comprising electric utilities and their large energy consuming customers, as well as large stand-alone producers and consumers of electric energy. Our purpose is to assess the state of efforts to advance superconductivity from laboratory curiosity to devices that will significantly improve the generation, transmission, distribution and use of electric power. This assessment is a collaborative enterprise. Participants inform each other of the effort underway in their own institutions and others with whom they work. Significance, not technical detail, is emphasized. Discussion centers on the status, challenges and promise of the work underway. Because Agreement members regard the dissemination of reliable information as part of their mission this web-site presents such information, as well as serving as a portal to other sources.
Members of the Executive Committee include senior persons engaged in research, development and demonstration and persons who manage those efforts. Each institution chooses its representatives according to its own needs. Members of the Executive Committee take turns serving as host to the twice yearly Executive Committee Meeting. These meetings are the venue for face-to-face discussion. In addition, the host complements these discussions by arranging presentations from national experts and/or tours of whatever facilities the host deems appropriate. Between meetings, the Agreement’s work is furthered by its Operating Agent with the support and cooperation of the members.
(Listed from left to right, guests in italics):
Top Row: B. Marchionini, T. Lehner, Ok-Bae Hyun, Nobuhiko Kusunose, Tabea Arndt, J. Bock, J. Willis, Luciano Martini, J. Corey, Debbie Haught, K. Marken, Dominic Lee, M. White
Bottom Row: P. Brehm, Mathias Noe, Reinhard Dietrich, Alan Wolsky, Osami Tsukumoto, Guy Deutscher, René Flükiger, S. Fleshler