FASTGRID Newsletter #4 - Nov 2019

FASTGRID has managed 3 patents and over 15 publications in the time span of about 3 years. The innovation capability of the project is visible in terms of new methodology for hot spot sensing using ultra fast optical fiber detection by our consortium partners at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.  For more details, please view our 4th newsletter!

Oxolutia welcomes new CEO - Xavier Amils

Dr. Xavier Amils obtained his PhD in Physics-Material Science with focus on Nanomaterials from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in 1999. Subsequently he expanded his portfolio with executive education from INSEAD – CEDEP in 2008. After working 16 years at Bekaert group in different capacities focused on Industrial, Engineering and Renewable projects, and aiding expansion of the company operations overseas in Europe and Asia, Dr. Amils has returned to his homeland for contributing in the new and innovative energy sector of Oxolutia and superconductivity. We are sure the EU programme FASTGRID and future EU endevours in advancing materials development for the energy sector will benefit enormously from this step. We welcome Dr Amils heartily into the FASTGRID consortium.

FASTGRID has 3 patents in 3 years

The EU project FASTGRID will complete its 3rd anniversary in January 2020 and we are very proud to announce that FASTGRID has 3 Patent applications submitted worldwide by 3 different partners institutions, in 3 differnt fields of research.

1) Patent Application on innovative work with Sapphire Substrates by TAU Israel

2) Patent Application on CFD patterning by Inkjet Printing by Oxolutia, Barcelona

3) Patent Application on Ultra Fast and reliable hot spot detection by Optical fiber sensing by EPFL Lausanne.

Any queries on our FASTGRID patents are welcome. Please contact us if you would like to get in touch with the inventors of these patents.


At the recent European Conference on Applied Superconductivity 2019 in Glasgow, FASTGRID was well represented with 13 poster,  presentation or invited contribution and 1 booth from our industry partner THEVA. The contributions from FASTGRID at EUCAS 2019 are listed below. Please contact us if you need any more information related to these contributions of contact to the partners.

Optical fiber sensing for fast hotspot detection in SFCL - Arooj Akbar, EPFL, Lausanne

Study of CC tapes damaged during fault current limitation at 66 K - Marcela Pekarcikova, STUBA, Bratislava

Low temperature bonding of non-stabilized coated conductors tapes, Edita Mikulášová, STUBA, Bratislava

Growth of CSD low fluorine YBCO superconducting layers on sapphire substrates - Cornelia Pop, ICMAB, Barcelona

Jens Haenisch, KIT

Current flow diverted coated conductors for advanced fault current limiters, Pedro Barusco, ICMAB

New opportunities to enhance vortex pinning in solution derived YBCO thin films, X. Obradors, ICMAB

Advances of the EC Project FASTGRID, Pascal Tixador (Coordinator FASTGRID), Invited Poster

Development of 150 V/m HTS conductor for fault current limitation in high voltage DC networks, Guillaume Escamez, SGI

Hot spot creation in coated conductors used for fault current limitation, Fedor Gömöry, IEE, Bratislava

YBCO Coated Conductors obtained by slot die, Roxana Vlad, Oxolutia, Bratislava

HTS coated conductor current limiting performance at temperatures lower than 77 K, Moran Mosat, IEE Bratislava

Additional stabilization of REBCO coated conductors for Fault Current Limiters, Michal Vojenciak, IEE, Bratislava

Amelie Berthe joins FASTGRID at SGI

Amelie Berthe obtained her Masters in Electrical Engineering from INSA Lyon and went on to work as an R and D engineer at SGI on optimization and techno-economic analysis of SFCL. Subsequently she worked as a project leader on E-mobility at ENEDIS with focus on investigating the impact of electrical vehicles on distribution networks. Amelie joins FASTGRID as an experienced and very competent electrical engineer on optimization of SFCL design and testing procedures. We wish her all the best in her endeavours.

Review for EU Project FASTGRID in Brussels

The second review meeting for the European project FASTGRID, jointly managed by CNRS Grenoble and KIT Karlsruhe was held in Brussels on the 17.07.2019 with Work Package leaders and FASTGRID external Expert, Dr. Ewa Jedryka in the European Commission building. Results were presented to show focused progress in each of the respective WPs related to material characterization and testing methodology of the HVDC smart module demonstrator and the success of the project could be measured in terms of comments from the external exert who described FASTGRID as a very ambitious project with good results. The team of scientists are grateful and satisfied for the positive remarks from the European commission representatives and strive to continue the high quality research that they want to stand for, for the energy research and innovation within Europe. Congratulations and all the best for the next reporting period!

Newsletter #3 is out

The third newsletter of the FASTGRID project can be downloaded here. This new edition highlights the work carried out by the company OXOLUTIA concerning the innovative Current Flow Diverter (CFD) concept.

EPFL welcomes new PhD student

Arooj AKBAR joined the FASTGRID project as a new PhD student at EPFL on February 1, 2019. After graduating from the University of Nottingham, she had her first research experience at EPFL as an intern and then worked on IEEE publications focusing on power quality and power factor correction at Lahore University of Management and Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. We are pleased to welcome Arooj to the consortium.

Prof. Tixador edits a new book

Pascal Tixador, coordinator of the FASTGRID project, has just edited a new book entitled “Superconducting Fault Current Limiter” with many contributions of FASTGRID partners. This book is for graduate students, post-docs, researchers, electrical engineers and others even inexperienced but interested in superconductivity. Basics of superconductivity are given.

CNRS welcomes new project manager

Julie DJEBRANI joined CNRS as the new project manager of FASTGRID on October 1, 2018. After completing a master’s degree in foreign languages, Julie worked at the international office of several higher education and research institutions for 4 years. This is the first time she has the opportunity to manage a European project such as FASTGRID. She will be responsible for ensuring an efficient management of the project and the consortium.

CNRS welcomes new PhD student

Alexandre ZAMPA obtained his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Grenoble INP. He started his PhD on October 1, 2018 at G2Elab and Institut Néel under the supervision of Pascal Tixador. As part of FASTGRID, he will contribute to the improvement of the conductor so that it presents a very high electric field under limiting conditions while remaining protected in the event of a low prospective fault current (so-called hot-pot problem). We are very glad to welcome Alexandre to the consortium and wish him all the best for his PhD.

Welcome Alexander Buchholz

A new member, Mr. Alexander Buchholz,  started on the 16.07.2018 in FASTGRID to perform detailed analysis with cradle to grave approach on environmental impact and energy balance of high performance superconducting tapes. Mr. Buchholz will be working in the well known  Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis at KIT in Karlsruhe with its long established competence in investigations of environmental impact of scientific innovations. We welcome Mr Buchholz in the group and wish him all the best for his work.