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Performance Test of Cooling System for 500 m HTS Cable in KEPCO Power Grid

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7 Author(s)
Y. S. Choi ; Korea Basic Science Institute, Daejeon, Korea ; D. L. Kim ; M. S. Kim ; H. S. Yang
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The high temperature superconducting (HTS) power cable has been successfully installed and operated for feasibility confirmation since 2006 at the power testing center of Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). The three phase 100 m long HTS cable with 22.9 kV/1.25 kA was manufactured and cooled by the open-loop of sub-cooled liquid nitrogen generated by a decompression cooling unit. No major fault has been observed during long-term operating test. As a next step, the design study of a 500 m long HTS cable system has initiated in 2008. Now, the HTS power cable was manufactured and installed at Icheon substation located near Seoul. In this paper, the cooling performance test of the 500 m long HTS cable in the real power grid is reported. Pre-cooling process using nitrogen gas is presented and the result of initial cool-down of the HTS cable is reported. Also, temperature as well as pressure drop in the system is discussed with respect to the loading current level.

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IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 3 )