At around 6m x 2.3m x 2.5m, an enclosure recently fabricated by Tharsus for Applied Superconductor is one of the largest units ever produced at the Spencer Road, Blyth site.
The enclosure which will house Applied Superconductor’s innovative fault current limiter technology required Tharsus to achieve new weld qualifications, and along with a number of skids manufactured at the same time, led to a relationship being developed with a new paint facility to accommodate the units’ size.
Based at the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Applied Superconductor are leading the way in developing the solutions required to safely and successfully integrate distributed, renewable generation with transmission networks.
Their fault current limiters are capable of dealing with the very high currents that flow when short circuits occur as a result of the variance in voltage, and which have become one of the limiting factors to building the Smart Grid.
Whilst the majority of Tharsus customers are based outside the North East, CEO Brian Palmer is delighted to be working with another regional success story, “We’re keen to work with companies who are developing exciting new technologies to help them bring them to market. There’s no doubt that Applied Superconductor will allow a radically different, more efficient and more affordable design of future networks.”
“They have proven through a number of installations for Northern Powergrid that their fault current limiters are not only technically but also commercially viable alternatives.”
The fabrication project has also provided a great opportunity for Tharsus apprentice, Wayne Almond to gain valuable experience and develop his skills, “I’ve learned a huge amount from working on the Applied Superconductor project.”
“The progress that I’ve made has given me the motivation to go further and I’m currently exploring the option of studying for a degree sponsored by Tharsus which is something that a couple of my colleagues have already done.”