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Superconductive energy storage

  1. Jun 23, 2014 #1
    Article in Wikipedia states that specific energy of Superconducting magnetic energy storage is limited to 1 - 10 W·h/kg.
    Do I understand it correct that the larger will be radius of SMES ring the less problem with Laurence law we will have? And what would be energy density per kg if we have relatively thin ring such as couple of cm in diameter which circles entire Earth? And in addition to that, what if we would have a hypothetical superconductor in which absolutely all electrons contribute to conductivity? And how voltage of SMES is defined?
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  3. Jun 24, 2014 #2


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    Laurence law? Lorentz force? This is given by current*magnetic field, and both are important for the stored energy, so you don't want to reduce them.

    For small rings, you can make the whole ring stiff enough - that won't work for larger rings, where you need some way to keep the coil in place with external connections. Those connections could be an issue for cooling.

    How would such a superconductor look like?

    Which voltage?
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