Russia has tested “superconducting electric motor”

(ORDO NEWS) — In Russia, for the first time, laboratory tests of components of an aviation integrated electric power system based on a unified high-temperature superconducting (HTSC) platform were carried out, says the Advanced Research Fund (FPI).

The corresponding platform consists of a storage battery, an HTSC cable, an HTSC current limiting device and an HTSC electric motor. Tests have demonstrated that it is possible to provide power to the engine exclusively with a specially designed high power battery.

The development is planned to be used as part of an experimental aviation hybrid power plant (GSU), on which they are working at the Central Institute of Aviation Motors. Testing of the GSU as part of the flying laboratory is scheduled for 2020-2021.

In August 2019, Aviation Week reported that a fully superconducting aircraft engine prototype ready for testing was created under the Advanced Superconducting Motor Experimental Demonstrator (ASuMED) program, coordinated by the German company Oswald Elektromotoren with the support of the European Horizon 2020 program.

The joint project of FPI and SuperOx to create an electric motor based on HTSC began in December 2016. The program envisages the development of experimental models of power plants with a capacity of 50 kilowatts and 500 kilowatts, intended for installation on fully electric aircraft.

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