Superconductor Technologies Inc. Achieves Conductus Wire Performance Milestone

Superconductor Technologies Inc. Achieves Conductus Wire Performance Milestone

- Attains critical current performance of 500 Amps with successful completion
             of target production run capacity of pilot machine -

       - Ships Conductus wire to five new customers in first quarter -

AUSTIN, Texas, April 29, 2014 (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,
successfully completed a full pilot production run of Conductus^® wire
achieving a minimum current of 500 Amps per centimeter (A/cm) width at 77k.
The 100 meter equivalent of 4 millimeter wire was achieved by processing 50
meters of 10 millimeter wide wire.

"We remain focused on our customers' commercial success with Conductus wire
performance and high yield manufacturing being a critical part of our
strategic plan," stated Adam Shelton, STI's VP of marketing and product line
management. "Achieving our pilot production target of 500A/cm, in a run that
yielded 100% of the design capacity of the systems, is a significant milestone
that further demonstrates the effectiveness of STI's proprietary RCE-CDR
process. High performance 500A/cm wire is optimum for many of our customers as
they look to increase the value proposition of their applications by either
reducing size and weight, or substantially increasing other functionality.
High yield manufacturing ultimately provides the critical path to reduce cost
and increase capacity. Conductus wire is uniquely positioned to address many
of the market needs as the industry continues to ramp the deployment of
superconducting solutions for problems unsolvable by conventional means."

"The key remaining deliverable we need to address for our customers is
capacity. Customer projects utilize large volumes of wire per device, ranging
from 100s of meters for a small magnet to 100,000s of meters for a medium size
transmission power cable project. Our strategic plan is an initial capacity of
750km per year. The production scale RCE-CDR equipment was designed and the
assemblies were ordered in late 2013. Our plan is to complete the installation
of our production machine capable of 1km lengths and 750km per annum at the
end of the second quarter. Initial production is scheduled to start in the
third quarter, ramping to full capacity throughout the remainder of 2014.
We're very proud of our team's accomplishments and look forward to meeting the
demands of our customers as they lock in projects for late 2014 and beyond,"
Shelton concluded.

During the first quarter of 2014 STI shipped wire to nine customers; six
shipments were to Stage 1 customers for performance evaluation and three
shipments were to Stage 2 customers for more rigorous testing in prototype
devices. Of the nine total shipments, five were new customers. Also, in the
first quarter, the company received purchase orders from three new customers;
planned fulfillment of the orders will utilize the existing pilot production
system. The backlog from purchase orders along with other wire shipments that
STI has committed to as of April 29, 2014 are expected to exhaust capacity
until the new RCE-CDR production system is delivering Conductus wire in the
third quarter of 2014.

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

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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, and the impact on our strategic wire initiative of any
inability to raise such funds; the impact of any such financing activity on
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