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.