Isolated Networks and Microgrids

ICE®CABLE for Isolated Networks and Microgrids

Electricity networks separate from interconnected grids are operated on islands, ships, drilling rigs, and other large-scale technical facilities that need their own power distribution.

Superconductor ICE®CABLE transmission systems improve the cost economy of isolated power grids: Both capital investment and operating costs can be considerable reduced. This applies, in particular, if low-voltage DC grids must be dimensioned for high electrical capacities and loads. ICE®CABLE features

  • loss-free transmission of extreme direct current densities at low voltage levels
  • plain DC grid topologies forgoing converters and transformers
  • easy-to-install modular superconductor system
  • ≥ 95 lower weight and floorspace requirement facilitating high current installations in most diverse plant layouts and technical environments
  • fully encapsulated system with minimal safety and infrastructural requirements due to absence of heat loads, external electromagnetic fields (depending on design), fire loads, and contact hazard.

Furthermore, superconductor ICE®CABLE systems facilitate building up DC networks which are to grid-tie large renewable power generation capacities. ICE®CABLE DC networks that link up wind parks, solar farms, and flywheel or battery power storage devices do entirely not require costly converter technology for connecting each individual unit.

Similarly, ICE®CABLE systems offer outstandingly efficient AC high current transmission at low voltage levels. The superconductors’ capacity of carrying, practically loss free, extreme current densities at low voltage, permits lean grid architectures that operate on a single voltage level throughout and thus forgo transformer losses. These architectures are excellently suited for smaller isolated networks.

Analyze with our experts the economic potentials of ICE®CABLE technology for your specific project.