Demonstration of superconducting systems and elpipes


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

Programme Description

Horizon Europe is the European Union (EU) funding programme for the period 2021 – 2027, which targets the sectors of research and innovation. The programme’s budget is around € 95.5 billion, of which € 5.4 billion is from NextGenerationEU to stimulate recovery and strengthen the EU’s resilience in the future, and € 4.5 billion is additional aid.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Demonstration of superconducting systems and elpipes


Project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:

  • New SCTL technologies to upgrade and expand the electric grid to meet the requirements imposed by the increasing penetration of renewables.
  • Use of different superconductor technologies (e.g. HTS, MgB2) with different cooling medium, power rating and lengths.
  • Increased power transfer capability within existing right of ways.
  • Test and validate the transmission of bulk power not achievable with current cable technologies.

Detailed Call Description

The activities will concur to demonstrate the reliability of the technology and its applicability in the grid network.

  • Demonstration of up to ±100kV, up to 1 GW power, superconducting system (HTS) up to 5 km onshore.
  • Demonstration of ±100 kV, up to 1 GW power, superconducting system up to 100 km, offshore.
  • Demonstration of a SCTL based on MgB2 LH2 cooled, for DC with a length up to 1 km and above, onshore. The voltage level and the cable section should be designed to have the maximum benefits in terms of insulation requirements and conductor section for a capacity transfer of 10 kA and above.
  • Cable design and simulation of kA range faults, power reversal response, loss calculation and demonstration for protections of SCTL.
  • Technical-economic benefits of the SCTL demonstrated compared with traditional (overhead lines, XLPE cable).
  • Investigate the feasibility and applicability of elpipes with technical economic analysis, use cases, etc. for high transfer rates in identified corridors.

Call Total Budget

€15,00 million

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


EU contribution per project: €15,00 million

Thematic Categories

  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation
29a Andrea Michalakopoulou, 1075 Nicosia
P.O.Box 23422, 1683 Nicosia
Phone Number: +357 22205000
Email Address:

Contact Persons:

Mr Christakis Theocharous
Scientific Officer A’
Contact Phone: +357 22 205 029
Contact Email:

Mr George Christou
Scientific Officer
Contact Phone: +357 22 205 030
Contact Email:

(Publish Date: 14/10/2021-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation