Design Study of Fully Superconducting Wind Turbine Generators

Xiaowei (Andy) Song, Nenad Mijatovic, Bogi Bech Jensen, Joachim Holbøll

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In this paper, two fully superconducting generators employing MgB2 armature winding, with YBCO and MgB2 field winding respectively, are presented and analyzed. The ac loss in armature winding is estimated, and a simple comparative study is carried out. The results show that both electromagnetic designs for fully superconducting generators are promising with respect to the power density. However, the cost of removing ac loss in armature winding is as high as $900 000. It is also noted that with the current price of YBCO tape, the generator employing MgB 2 field winding would have lower cost.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5203605
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Direct drive wind turbine
  • Fully superconducting generator
  • High-temperature superconducting (HTS) machine
  • MgB 2

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