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First NZ-Japan HTS Magnet Technology Workshop held in Martinborough, New Zealand, 3–8 December 2014

First NZ-Japan HTS Magnet Technology Workshop held in Martinborough, New Zealand, 3–8 December 2014

December 17, 2014 (HE94). A joint New Zealand-Japan Workshop on HTS Magnet Technology was held from 3 to 8 December 2014 in Martinborough, New Zealand.  It was hosted by the newly-formed Robinson Research Institute of Victoria University of Wellington and jointly chaired by Professor Bob Buckley of the Robinson Institute and Professor Naoyuki Amemiya of Kyoto University.  The workshop brought together invited representatives of Japanese industry, research and academia active in the fields of MRI, NMR, accelerator and metrology magnets and staff members of the Robinson Research Institute working in those fields, together with NZ HTS industry partners HTS-110 Ltd., GCS Ltd. and Fabrum Solutions Ltd.  The workshop also considered the application of HTS coils to transformers and rotating machines, and the challenges posed by the cryogenic systems requirements.
Topics of discussion included:

  • Overview of superconductivity projects in Japan and New Zealand
  • HTS magnets
  • Materials and wire
  • Applications

The technical programme was supplemented by an extended round table discussion, tours of the NMR laboratories at Victoria University of Wellington and the MRI and superconducting wire characterisation laboratories at the Robinson Research Institute, as well as visits to the production facilities of HTS-110 Ltd. and GCS Ltd. 

At the end of the workshop, several joint projects were identified for future development. Participants and organisers expressed a strong interest and desire to repeat the workshop in future years, as well as to broaden participation to other interested parties.

Dr. Stuart Wimbush MRSNZ MNZIP
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

 

Photo- Workshop attendees gathered in Martinborough