SHANGHAI, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai has started a trial project to install superconducting cables in the city's power grids, the Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization said Thursday.
The project, expected to be put into operation by the end of the year, aims to test the reliability, stability and economics of implementing high-temperature superconducting technology in the power grids of a mega-city like Shanghai, the commission said.
With advantages of high transmission efficiency, high capacity and zero pollution, superconducting technology can be widely used in areas such as upgrading a city's power grids and maglev transportation.
The commission hopes that the pilot project will be a model for wider-scale implementation of the technology in the future.
The superconducting cables used in the project will be developed and manufactured in Shanghai's Baoshan district, and tested in Xuhui district in central Shanghai.