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Lighter, more conductive power cables on the horizon Aerospace America, November 2015, page 7 Leaders of a European research program plan to present findings at a meeting in Brussels next year describing their examination of methods for mixing carbon nanotubes — cylinders of carbon atoms — with copper to create lighter, more conductive power cables for aircraft and spacecraft. Large aircraft can carry over two tons of copper power cables. Using lighter alternatives would dramatically extend aircraft range, increase payload and reduce carbon emissions. Satellites would be lighter at launch and could carry more station keeping fuel to stay in their proper orbits longer. The 5.5 million euro UltraWire research project, which was started in 2013, includes 3.3 million euros ($3.8 million) from the European Commission and 1.7 million euros ($1.9 million) from industry. Researchers are examining how best to mix carbon nanotubes with copper in different configurations to create lighter power cables that also would carry more electric current than those in use today. For the moment, the researchers are giving no clues about the results of the program, because there are several patent and competitive issues that must be addressed before the results are announced in September 2016. […]
The “Ultrawire” project aims at producing a material that conducts electricity better than any known electrical conductor “We are exploiting forefront European carbon manufacturing technology and transferring exciting new materials into industry” says Dr. Krzysztof Koziol, Head of the Electric Carbon Nanomaterials Research Group in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. “The EC’s FP7 funding recognises the power of transferring technology from Europe’s leading research institutions into companies responsible for producing and using millions of tonnes of copper each year.” Dr. Koziol is the project coordinator and the leading contact with the EC for the Ultrawire project.