Superconductor Technologies to Participate in the 11th EPRI Superconductivity Conference Oct. 28th to 30th

Superconductor Technologies to Participate in the 11th EPRI Superconductivity
Conference Oct. 28th to 30th

Presenting Conductus Superconducting Wire Solutions to North American Electric
Utilities and Industry Superconductor Device Manufacturers

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 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,
will exhibit its Conductus^® superconducting wire at the Electric Power
Research Institute (EPRI) Superconductivity Conference in Houston from Oct.
28^th to 30^th. The electric utility focus of the conference addresses
practical aspects of development, application, testing and service experience
of superconducting equipment and system components for electrical power
delivery applications.

"EPRI provides an excellent forum for STI and our customers to collaborate
with industry-leading electric utilities to commercialize superconducting
solutions," stated Adam Shelton, STI's VP of Marketing and Product Line
Management. "The electric power industry is facing many challenges that
threaten an electric utility's ability to deliver reliable and cost efficient
power. These challenges include integration of renewable electricity, need for
improved network efficiency, aging infrastructure, increased electrical demand
and implementation of new Smart Grid technologies. Existing copper-based
electrical conductors are inefficient and cannot support the growing energy
demand or Smart Grid infrastructure."

"Advanced, high power superconducting transmission cables and superconducting
fault current limiters (SFCLs) are cost-effective, high-performance
alternatives to conventional, copper-based solutions. High power
superconducting transmission cables reduce voltage and increase current,
lowering right-of-way, civil work and environmental impact. SFCLs protect the
grid from damaging faults and enable power sharing between substations and
connectivity to new sources of renewable power. These solutions are all made
possible with superconducting wire, which typically is composed of 100s of
superconducting wire strands ranging from 3 meters to 1000 meters in length."

"STI is in the process of scaling capacity to commercialize our Conductus wire
for applications like SFCLs and superconducting transmission cables. Our
initial production machines have been installed in Austin, TX, with the final
RCE-CDR production system, capable of 1km lengths, being installed in 2014,"
Shelton concluded.

Ken Pfeiffer, STI's VP of Engineering, will deliver a technology and product
development milestone update presentation titled "Development of Low-Cost 2G
HTS Coated Conductors at STI" on Tuesday, Oct. 29^th. This presentation will
highlight how STI's RCE-CDR superconducting wire manufacturing process
addresses three key areas of opportunity in the superconducting wire market:
high performance, improved economics and commercial-scale capacity.

About EPRI

The EPRI Superconductivity Conference is a biennial international forum for
electric utility and superconductivity industry stakeholders. EPRI provides an
international forum for electric utility and superconductivity industry
stakeholders to develop a mutual understanding of the technology readiness,
business potential and system operational requirements associated with
transitioning to a superconducting power delivery system.

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 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, which may decline in connection with the sales under registered direct
offerings or otherwise; the dilutive impact of any issuances of securities to
raise capital; and local, regional, 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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         Cathy Mattison or Kirsten Chapman

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