The main objects of the Foundation SuperACT are:

  • •to involve industrial partners in the research of the chair Energy, Material and Systems (EMS), connected with the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Twente;
  • •to offer the industrial partners the opportunity to:
  • •utilize knowledge, skills and infrastructure as developed in the chair EMS;
  • •stimulate and guide research in the chair EMS, focused on the utilization of knowledge, skills and infrastructure;
  • •intensify and extend the national and international position of the EMS research and connected industrial partners and organizations, her testing facilities and related industrial interests;
  • •start up and participate in new research projects;
  • •to incorporate, in any way participate in, conduct the management of and advise enterprises and companies with a similar object as described here above.

The objective of the foundation SuperACT is to involve industrial partners in stimulating research on cryogenic technologies and high-power superconductivity (within EMS) and to initiate research and utilization projects in a combined effort of the partners including the University of Twente.

Once per year SuperACT organizes a one-day meeting in which partners are informed on the research at EMS and SuperACT but also on worldwide developments relevant to cryogenics and superconductivity. The SuperACT partner days are also serving as excellent opportunity for networking.

The advantage for EMS is a further clear line of utilization which is a great advantage in applying for national research funding e.g. at STW. Furthermore, personnel can be exchanged between SuperACT and EMS and in this way personnel that have been skilled at EMS remains available as employee of SuperACT.

Scientific research is performed in EMS, whereas utilization activities take place in the foundation SuperACT. Basically, the research activities in EMS are academic by nature and aim at new insights and technologies to be published in scientific journals and PhD theses, whereas the activities in SuperACT uses infrastructure and know-how that has been developed within EMS. SuperACT activities, for instance can be the characterization of superconducting strands and cables for a nuclear fusion reactor, the design and assembly of a magnet system, or the development of an engineering model of a space cooler following an earlier demonstrator development in EMS.