How to Replace Conventional High Voltage Substations in City Centers

Sponsored by: Nexans

Focused on:

  • Superconducting Systems
  • Power Supply

Date: 22 September


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

AmpaCity Case Study: Superconducting Cable for MV Power Supply of Cities

Since April 2014 the AmpaCity Project in Essen, Germany has been in full operation. Integrated in the city centre, Nexans and RWE replaced the conventional High Voltage System with a Superconducting Medium Voltage cable system. The new 10 kV, 40 MVA Superconducting System consists of a HTS (High Temperature Superconductor) cable with a length of 1 km and a Superconducting Fault Current Limiter demonstrating how HTS cables can revolutionize the design of distribution systems in dense urban areas. High Voltage Substations can be moved into the suburban areas which results in a tremendous gain of space in the city center that could be used for other purposes.

This webinar will give an overview on the current status of Superconducting Systems and explain the installation in Essen. Experts of the cable manufacturer Nexans will show the details of the superconducting system and RWE as operator of the system will give insights on the operational experience.

Register now and join our webinar in order to get updated on the latest experience with superconducting cables and to see how the distribution system in city centers can be optimized.

Presented by


Director Sales & Marketing, Superconducting Systems, Nexans

With Nexans since 2002, he is now Director, Sales & Marketing, Superconducting Systems, based in Hanover, Germany. A graduate engineer from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), he has held various management positions since 1989 within the ABB Group in both Germany and Sweden; after 1999, he was Managing Director of Winkhaus, a medium-sized home-security firm. Since joining Nexans, he has managed the Global Key Account organization for the company, and served as VP Marketing for European Power Utilities.


Head of Superconductor Activities, Nexans

Leading the Superconductor Activity Business Line at Nexans. He received his "Dipl.-Ing." degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany). He held several management positions in the company since joining Nexans in 2001. Before he worked in the field of R&D and project management for the Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution sector Pirelli Cables and Systems. During his professional career he was involved in superconducting power cable projects since 1996 and managed respective projects at Siemens and later Nexans. Besides that he was working on conventional high voltage cable development and high voltage circuit breaker design and testing.

Benjamin PEHLE,

Head of Product Management, RWE Netzservice GmbH

With RWE since 2008, he is now Head of Product Management, RWE Netzservice, based in Dortmund, Germany. A graduate engineer from the University of Dortmund (Germany), he has held various positions since 2004 within the Mettenmeier Group, a medium-sized information technology company for utilities (Partner Company of GE Energy). Since joining RWE, he has worked in the internal IT- & Organization Management business, and has worked in the external grid service business, responsible for Marketing, Market Strategy and Business Development.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Overview on current status of Superconducting Solutions
  • Understand the economical benefits of Superconducting Solutions
  • Learn more on the reliability and experience gained after more than 1 year operation


  • General Management / CEO / Managing Director
  • Network Manager
  • Network Planning
  • Network Development
  • Asset Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Engineer