Speaker: Asst. Prof. Ozan Keysan, Middle East Technical University

Topic: "An Introduction to Superconductivity and Its Applications in the Energy Area"

Location: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Abstract: The first superconducting material is discovered over a century ago, but for a long time superconductors couldn’t find any practical applications. Since the discovery of high-temperature superconductors, they have been proposed to be used in different commercial applications. One of the promising area for the superconductivity is the energy area, in which they can be used in practical applications such as magnetic-levitation trains, power generation, electricity transmission etc. Superconductors can enable much higher efficiencies, at increased power ratings with just a fraction of the size of a conventional copper wire. However, currently superconductors has to be cooled down to cryogenic temperatures to get into superconductivity state, which introduces many engineering challenges for commercial applications. In this talk, basic properties of superconducting materials and a brief history of discoveries on superconductivity will be presented. Up-to-date applications and commercial products will be summarized and current challenges and the trends will be discussed. No need to have any previous knowledge in the field.

Bio: Ozan Keysan received  his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Middle East Technical University,  in 2005 and 2009, respectively. He got his Ph.D. degree in Institute for Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh in 2013. His research interests mainly focus on renewable energy, design of electrical machines, smart-grids and superconductivity. He is currently an assistant professor in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University. He is one of the principal investigators of the METU PowerLab research group. ( ). More information can be found from:

  Date and Time




  • Ankara, Ankara
  • Turkey



Asst. Prof. Ozan Keysan


An Introduction to Superconductivity and Its Applications in the Energy Area