EPM is an academic institution (University) specialized in with the following mission:
- Providing high-quality engineering training at every level, with a focus on human values;
- Carrying out pertinent, high-level research as the basis for high-quality training at master’s and doctorate's levels that takes into consideration the needs of society and industry;
- Wielding intellectual and social influence, achieved in concrete terms through interactions with external scientific circles both at home and abroad.
It was founded in 1873 and has grown to a mass of more than 6000 students in the latest years, including more than 1000 graduate students.
Within the FASTGRID project, EPM will bring a unique expertise in the modeling of electrical and thermal properties of HTS tapes at the microscopic scale, which is the key to optimize HTS tapes to the level of TRL envisioned in the project. The tools developed by EPM over the years (finite elements and their equivalent in terms of electrical circuits in professional power system packages such as EMTP-RV) are readily available and will considerably speed-up the start-up of the project.
In addition to the modeling capabilities, EPM is also the owner of a promising technology to speed up the quench propagation in HTS tapes, i.e. the Current Flow Diverter (CFD). Not only EPM knows how to simulate the concept, but it also has a substantial knowhow about ways to realize it and scale it up in an industrial setup, as well as experience in electrical characterization and microscopy to relate the measured performance of the tape to the microstructure of its various thin layers.
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