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Photo Friday: Superconducting wires for long-distance electricity transmission

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The superconducting wires shown in the photo above are capable of moving 5x the amount of electricity as copper wires, with lower heat and energy losses, which make it possible to more efficiently transmit electricity over long distances.

Photo Credit: "Superconducting wires by epitaxial grown on SSIFFS at Oak Ridge National Laboratory" taken on July 29, 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy

 

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