STI Conductus 2G HTS Wire Pilot Production Equipment Now Operational

STI Conductus 2G HTS Wire Pilot Production Equipment Now Operational

    - Shipped first wire completely fabricated in STI's Austin facility -

              - Increased customer requests for Conductus wire -

         - Met product requirements for low temperature application -

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies
Inc. ("STI") (Nasdaq:SCON), a world leader in the development and production
of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials and associated
technologies, has successfully completed the installation of its equipment
suite required for production of Conductus^® 2G HTS wire at its Advanced
Manufacturing Center of Excellence facility in Austin during the fourth
quarter of 2012 as planned. At this time all 2G HTS wire pilot production
equipment is operational and in various stages of process implementation.

All three machines required for production of Conductus 2G HTS wire are
operational and achieving expected functional milestones.

  *The IBAD system, delivered in April 2012, has completed process
    implementation. It is now being used in full production and achieving
    record results as of January 2013.
  *The SDP system, delivered in November 2012, has also completed initial
    process implementation. The initial pilot production runs of 50 meter
    lengths and 10 centimeter widths were completed in early February 2013.
  *The RCE-CDR system, delivered in December 2012, has been installed with
    first process run completed in February 2013.

"We continue to increase our customer activities, which are reflected by the
expanding requests for Conductus wire," said Jeff Quiram, STI's president and
chief executive officer. "At this time, the current customer requests will
consume all available supply of Conductus wire that we can produce through the
first few quarters of 2013. Recently we shipped the first Conductus wire
completely fabricated in our Austin facility, and it is being tested for a
superconducting motor application. In January, we also achieved product
requirements for a low temperature, high infield superconducting magnet
application by achieving greater than 2500 amps per centimeter at 4 Kelvins.
In addition, we passed testing in magnetic field strengths greater than 14

"As we have discussed previously, we continue to focus on providing longer
lengths of wire for our demonstration cable partner," Quiram continued. "We
believe that these efforts will be greatly aided by the turn up of our new
RCE-CDR system in Austin. We remain committed to providing the wire as quickly
as possible to complete that project."

Investor Conference Call

STI intends to release its fourth quarter and year-end 2012 financial results
before the market opens on Thursday, March 7, 2013. STI will host a conference
call and simultaneous webcast that same day at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00
a.m. Pacific Time to discuss its results. Participating in the call will be
Jeff Quiram, president and chief executive officer; and Bill Buchanan, vice
president and chief financial officer.

To listen to the call live, please dial 1-877-941-6009 at least 10 minutes
before the start of the conference. International participants may dial
1-480-629-9819. The conference ID is 4600818. The call will be webcast and can
be accessed from the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website at A telephone replay will be available until midnight ET
on March 12^th by dialing 1-800-406-7325 or 1-303-590-3030, and entering pass
code 4600818. A replay will al so be available at the web address above.

About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)

Superconductor Technologies Inc., headquartered inAustin, TX, has been a
world leader in HTS materials since 1987, developing more than 100 patents as
well as proprietary trade secrets and manufacturing expertise. For more than a
decade, STI has been providing innovative interference elimination and network
enhancement solutions to the commercial wireless industry. The company is
currently leveraging its key enabling technologies, including RF filtering,
HTS materials and cryogenics to develop energy efficient, cost-effective and
high performance second generation (2G) HTS wire for existing and emerging
power applications, to develop applications for advanced RF wireless solutions
and innovative adaptive filtering, and for government R&D.Superconductor
Technologies Inc.'scommon stock is listed on theNASDAQ Capital Marketunder
the ticker symbol "SCON." For more information about STI, please

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Statements in this press release regarding our business that are not
historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and
uncertainties.Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future
performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors,
which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking
statements. These factors and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:
our limited cash and a history of losses; the limited number of potential
customers; the limited number of suppliers for some of our components and our
HTS wire; there being no significant backlog from quarter to quarter; our
market being characterized by rapidly advancing technology; overcoming
technical challenges in attaining milestones to develop and manufacture
commercial lengths of our HTS wire; customer acceptance of our HTS wire;
fluctuations in product demand from quarter to quarter; the impact of
competitive filter products, technologies and pricing; manufacturing capacity
constraints and difficulties; our ability to raise sufficient capital to fund
our operations (whether through our equity sales agreement, registered direct
offerings or otherwise), and the impact on our strategic wire initiative of
any inability to raise such funds; the impact of any such financing activity
on the level of our stock price; our ability to fully utilize ourequity sales
agreement as a source of future financings and the dilutive impact of any
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satisfy various conditions required to sell shares under the agreement, the
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conditions and events and the impact they may have on us and our customers,
such as the current worldwide recession.

Forward-looking statements can be affected by many other factors, including,
those described in the "Business" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of
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         Cathy Mattison or Kirsten Chapman

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