A Michigan-based business is getting $3.8 million to develop a low-cost superconducting wire for use by electric utilities.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced the funding Wednesday for Lapeer-based Grid Logic Inc. It’s one of 66 projects that the department says is getting a share of $130 million in “OPEN 2012” funding. It’s through the department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, or ARPA-E.
The government says Grid Logic will embed very fine superconducting particles in a combination of metals to induce superconductivity. The Energy Department says such a wire would reduce the cost of transmission lines, motors for wind turbines and other electric devices, and is considered a potential “game-changing” technology.