The Cryogenics and Superconductivity Society of Japan commends excellent researchers and engineers in the fields of studies and technologies relating to cryogenic engineering.
For Sumitomo Electric' s efforts to commercialize bismuth-based superconductors, the Bismuth-Based Superconductor Development Team (Shinichi Kobayashi, Naoki Ayai, Kohei Yamazaki and Masashi Kikuchi, headed by Kazuhiko Hayashi, Superconductivity & Energy Technology Dept.) received a performance award (for contributions to industrial engineering). Additionally, Masayoshi Oya (Superconductivity & Energy Technology Dept.) received an effort award as a young researcher/engineer (at the age of 35 or less) making notable academic/technical contributions.
By granting these awards, the Society reflected its high evaluation of Sumitomo Electric’s years of effort in the field of high-temperature superconductivity. The performance award (for contributions to industrial engineering) in particular is intended to recognize our contributions to the global development of various superconducting products, through the development of the controlled over-pressure sintering process and other epoch-making processes for commercialization.
This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the discovery of superconductivity and the 25th year anniversary of the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity. Encouraged by the prestigious awards we have received from the Cryogenics and Superconductivity Society of Japan in this commemorative year, we will strive to ensure that this year marks the first year of high-temperature superconductivity' s commercialization.