Cybersecurity, T&D, Transmission

ComEd, AMSC to install power grid upgrades in Chicago

AMSC entered into an agreement with Illinois-based ComEd to deploy AMSC’s high temperature superconductor technology which is expected to make the electric grid even more reliable for ComEd customers.

The project is funded in part by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate initiative to secure the nation’s electric grid against extreme weather or other catastrophic events.

It is structured as a cost-sharing arrangement among AMSC, ComEd and DHS. The agreement between AMSC and ComEd, which includes commercial terms, remains subject to DHS approval. It will mark the first installation of AMSC’s Resilient Electric Grid system in Chicago, and it is expected to become a permanent part of Chicago’s power grid.

The REG system uses AMSC’s high temperature superconductor technology and, under the terms of the agreement between AMSC and ComEd, will link existing electric power infrastructure within the city of Chicago. The REG system is expected to strengthen Chicago’s electric grid and to enhance its load serving capacity, resiliency and reliability.

AMSC’s REG system is an innovative approach to the electric grid. REG systems significantly increase the reliability and load-serving capacity of the electric grid by enabling the use of transmission and distribution assets in a way that is not feasible with traditional technologies while limiting the need for additional grid infrastructure, which mitigates environmental impact.

The key component to the REG system is AMSC’s breakthrough Amperium wire that combines with other sub-system design elements to increase the reliability, redundancy, and resiliency of urban power grids, greatly reducing the impact of equipment failure due to aging, cyber threats, physical disasters, or weather-related events.