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The demonstration and verification tests of a 500 m High-Tc superconducting (HTS) cable were carried out at the CRIEPI laboratory in Yokosuka from March 2004 to March 2005. The HTS cable consisted of a cold dielectric core with nominal capacity of 77 kV and 1 kA that had an HTS shield layer. CRIEPI and Furukawa have conducted tests for investigating the basic properties of the cable and a long-term loading test for confirming 30-year operations. Moreover, we conducted an "over-loading test" and a "cooling system fault test" to investigate the reliability and safety of the cable. After all field tests, the cable was dismantled and taken away from the site to Furukawa's factory for internal inspection. No Ic degradation was found in the HTS conductor, but local degradation was seen in the HTS shield. These degradations might have arisen because protective layer for the shield did not have enough thickness but were within the acceptable range of about 5%.
Date of Publication: June 2007