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Superconductivity. A possible revolution

The need to find non-polluting solutions for energy production, also in response to the energy crisis , is one of this century’s greatest challenges. Superconductivity – even though discovered in 1911 – is still a young technology in full development. Furthermore, it is a technology with significant industrial applications and has the potential to revolutionize the entire energy production and transmission supply chain: superconducting materials allow for the “loss-free” transport of energy for energy passes without encountering any obstacles.

This property, which manifests itself under a determined temperature (“critical temperature”, very close to absolute zero, 0° Kelvin, or -273° C, characteristic of every material), aside from being decisive for many experiments and research projects, allows – for example – for the realization of a superconducting cable in Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) able to transport energy without any losses, also over large distances, always under a determined temperature.

On the horizon there are innovations in many sectors, like high-energy physics, the transportation and storage of energy and magnetic levitation transport. Furthermore, superconductivity finds application in the medical field, where innovative MRI systems and proton therapy are already in use, applications which – using superconductivity’s properties – can, for example, lead to new cancer therapies.

The road ahead is still long. But the extraordinary properties of superconducting materials and their related technologies let us imagine a future series of innovations – a “possible revolution” – which ASG Superconductors, together with its controlled Columbus Superconductors and Paramed Medical Systems units, is pursuing every day.