High-temperature superconductors and their applications—ultra-efficient motors, generators, bearings, flywheels, and transformers—are one of our key strengths.

The machines of the future

High temperature superconductors and magnet systems are reaching a level of maturity where they are now able to be incorporated into real world machines.

Paihau—Robinson Research Institute is focused on the challenge of delivering smaller, faster, safer and more powerful solutions. The applications of our technology include ultra-efficient motors, generators, bearings, flywheels, and transformers.

Find out about our research in six key areas of superconductor technology.

Scientist adjusting part of an experiment involving superconducting bearings..

Freeing machines from friction

We have developed a simple, cost-effective alternative to maglev bearings, freeing large superconducting machines from the effects of friction.

An experimental test rig.

Using magnet excitation to supply current

Our research into using magnetic excitation to supply current to high temperature superconductors means that we can develop smaller, cheaper-to-run machines.

Scientist working at a desk holding superconductor tape in gloved hands

Superconductor Roebel cable

Superconductor Roebel cable allows superconductors to work with high AC currents. We have developed the world's first large-scale manufacturing capability.

A female scientist wearing a white lab coat viewed through wires and machinery.

Made-to-measure magnets

Our coil technology allows the customisation of superconducting magnets to meet application-specific requirements.

A male researcher sitting in front of lab equipment including an optical spectrum analyser.

Protecting superconductor magnets

Our research is about detecting faults, or quenches, that can release large amounts of energy from—and potentially destroy—superconductor magnets.

A satellite with small solar panels orbiting above the Earth.

Superconductors in space

The advent of high-performance, high-temperature superconductor wire and the miniaturisation of cryocoolers means re-evaluation of superconductors for space.