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ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa16 Oct 2020 1:35 a.m. PST

Rather assuming it can be made into something other than a laboratory curiosity room-temperature superconductors could really change things.

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 1:50 a.m. PST

Hah! Should be looking at Gallium Arsenide. The room temperature super conductor of the future! Always has been, always will be…

<NURSE! More medication please!>

Personal logo Tacitus Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 9:26 a.m. PST

But will it give me the energy I need to paint my lead pile?

Augustus16 Oct 2020 1:49 p.m. PST

Sadly, scientists are still working on a lead-pile reduction treatment. It may be 10-20 years before a cure is found.

Syrinx016 Oct 2020 3:59 p.m. PST

Saw that on Extreme Tech earlier in the week. Problem with what they have so far is it only works at extremely high pressure. Not really practical but still it's progress. As opposed to painting my lead pile…

Covert Walrus04 Nov 2020 3:14 a.m. PST

High pressure, you say, SyrinxO?

Like maybe . . . At the bottom of the sea? Where a lot of cables are?

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Nov 2020 5:33 a.m. PST

One huge advantage of a super-conducting power grid is that you could bury the wires. We don't usually do that now because of heat build up. Buried wires would be mostly immune to the problems caused by weather that tear down the usual strung wires. Vastly increased reliability and reduced maintenance costs.

zircher04 Nov 2020 7:29 p.m. PST

Given that I was off the grid from six and a half days last week, I am fully in favor of more buried lines. Oklahoma had a freak October ice storm and hit while the trees still had their leaves. Knocked out power for over 300,000 people.

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