Superconductor Technologies Announces the Receipt of Purchase Orders From Leading Multinational Industrial Companies for

Superconductor Technologies Announces the Receipt of Purchase Orders From
Leading Multinational Industrial Companies for Conductus 2G HTS Wire

AUSTIN, Texas, April 23, 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,
announces that it has recently received purchase orders from multiple
customers for its Conductus^® 2G HTS wire. The backlog from these purchase
orders along with other wire shipments that STI has committed to as of April
15, 2013 are expected to exhaust production capacity until at least the third
quarter of 2013.

"Over the last quarter, we have experienced a significant increase in the
number of customers placing orders for Conductus wire to complete their
product evaluations," stated Adam Shelton, STI's VP of Marketing and Product
Line Management. "Several industry leading, multinational companies have
submitted purchase orders for wire to qualify in their product designs. This
noticeable increase in demand is primarily from customers who are currently
selling superconducting devices for emerging smart grid applications. With an
embedded base in the legacy utility networks, our customers are well
positioned to address the needs of the developing Smart Grid applications on a
global scale."

STI has been aligning its 2013 production output with requirements from
strategic target customers who are committed to the commercialization of
superconducting devices. Areas of high customer demand for smart grid devices
include superconducting fault current limiters (SFCLs), high power
transmission and distribution cables, and high-field magnets used in multiple

Shelton continued, "As we continue to achieve greater performance and produce
longer lengths of Conductus wire, our customers are securing our available
capacity in order to receive sufficient quantities to qualify and standardize
Conductus wire for deployment in their devices. STI's near-term capacity is
driven by the output of our pilot production RCE-CDR equipment that is
designed to produce up to 100 meter wire lengths of HTS wire. While kilometer
length production remains necessary to attain the expected commercial
quantities, many superconducting applications like SFCLs and high-field
magnets utilize sub-100 meter lengths of HTS wire. Several superconducting
device designs utilize hundreds of HTS coils that are stacked in columns to
form a conductor bank.

"Our RCE-CDR HTS wire manufacturing process provides the unique capability to
produce Conductus wire in wide widths of up to 100 millimeters. While current
wire suppliers can attain widths of 3 to 10 millimeters, our new pilot
production equipment is capable of producing wire 10 times that width, which
enables higher performance in the short lengths utilized for SFCL and other

About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)

Superconductor Technologies Inc., headquartered in Austin, 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.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under
the ticker symbol "SCON." For more information about STI, please visit

Safe Harbor Statement

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 our equity sales
agreement as a source of future financings and the dilutive impact of any
sales under such agreement, whether due to market conditions, our ability to
satisfy various conditions required to sell shares under the agreement, the
sales agent's performance of its obligations under the agreement or otherwise;
the impact on the level of our stock price, which may decline, in connection
with the sales under the equity sales facility, registered direct offerings or
otherwise; and local, regional, and national and international economic
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
Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of STI's Annual Report
on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and in STI's other public
filings. These documents are available online at STI's website,, or through the SEC's website, Forward-looking
statements are based on information presently available to senior management,
and STI has not assumed any duty to update any forward-looking statements.

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