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The European network for power applications of superconductivity


The Thematic Network ENPAS (European Network for Power Applications of Superconductivity) aims at stimulating the development of demonstrators and prototypes of components and systems in the strategic field of power applications of superconductivity. It will be interconnected with and highly complementary to the Network of Excellence in superconductivity SCENET established by the ESPRIT-LTR programme on October 1st, 1996 for three-year duration. The latter, on the other hand, shall act in the field of electronic applications to set-up coherent strategies of research and development and create links between academia and industries. The main activities of ENPAS will include: the creation of S working groups each consisting of a small number of laboratories collaborating in pilot projects, the organisation of workshops for these pilot projects with relatively small numbers of participants, and the organisation of an advanced school on applications of superconductivity. ENPAS will also aim at establishing a common pool of scientific and technological knowledge for industries and academia through training of young advanced students and researchers.

To get from the present state of the art to the proposed objectives, several actions will be implemented:
1) Organisation of working groups to assess and define the specifications necessary for producing a demonstrator/prototype of:
i) FCL's;
ii) transmission cables;
iii) magnets for MRI and energy storage;
iv)motors. A fifth working group will assess the situation on superconducting materials from the novel ones to the production of wires and tapes. To discuss the current status of progress and the strategy plan for advancement in Europe, ENPAS will organise ten (2 per pilot project) meetings. Six-monthly reports will be produced. The prototypes production is visioned for the second stage of ENPAS with the support of industry and eventually of the European Commission;
2) Support of 24 extended exchange visits (up to 6 months) for transfer of young personnel among research groups participating in the pilot projects. The main aim of the visits is to facilitate bilateral transfers of expertise and experience;
3) Circulation of regular newsletters (3 times a year) in hard copy or on www;
4) Organisation of two schools on power applications of superconductivity and related enabling science. These schools (3-week long), which will be highly didactical, will be held in 1999 and 2000.The aim of the school will be to train young researchers from academia to work in industry. 5) Production of annual status reports on activities insuper conductivity, including Japan and USA, which should reveal how to narrow the gap in important areas where Europe is falling behind the US and Japan. The network will be directed by a 15-member Steering/Organising Committee, chaired by M. Marezio, of which 5 members are from industry. The network will initially include 33 nodes from government organisations and universities and 18 from industry. Membership will be open to any appropriate group by application. The total budget of ENPAS will be 1005890 ECU: pilot project meetings: 237000 (including 20% local overhead), Steering Committee meetings:23600, advanced school on the applications of superconductivity:254240,exchange visits of 6 months each: 210000, one monographic workshop: 55150,6issues of the Newsletter: 6000, labour-manager for three years: 90000,labour-technical assistant for three years: 60000, overhead (10%): 69900.

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