STI Participates in Showcasing Superconducting Fault Current Limiters and Superconducting High Performance Cable for the Grid

STI Participates in Showcasing Superconducting Fault Current Limiters and
Superconducting High Performance Cable for the Grid

Nexans, LS Cable, RWE Deutschland AG and STI Jointly Exhibit Solutions at
CIGRE 2014

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies
Inc. (Nasdaq:SCON) ("STI"), a world leader in the development and production
of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials and associated
technologies, joined with Nexans, LS Cable and RWE Deutschland AG to showcase
the value proposition of superconducting fault current limiters (SFCLs) and
high power superconducting cables (HPSCs) at STI's CIGRE booth 114.

"At CIGRE 2014, we are delighted to be working with industry leaders who have
successfully deployed superconductivity in the grid," said Adam Shelton, STI's
VP of Marketing and Product Line Management. "Our joint goal is to share the
value proposition of SFCLs and HPSCs with electric infrastructure companies
and others in the electricity transmission and distribution industry. By
leveraging our collective expertise to assist decision makers with critical
network planning, we expect to broaden the market reach of next generation

"Superconducting applications help to optimize existing power systems and
improve the stability and reliability of the grid. Superconducting wire is a
key component of the overall solution. In conjunction with our plan to begin
producing our Conductus^® wire in commercial volumes later this year, we are
working closely with our SFCL and HPSC customers to optimize performance and
improve capacity to meet industry demands."

High Power Superconducting Cable (HPSC)

HPSC is capable of transmitting 5 to 10 times the electrical current of
traditional copper or aluminum cables with improved efficiency. This enables
medium voltage feeds to load pockets in dense urban areas that are often
saturated with aging infrastructure and where the construction of distribution
substations is not feasible or economical. Key benefits of HPSCs include the

  *Unmatched power transmission capacity – Increased Amps not Volts
  *No thermal impact on environment, enabling more power to be transferred in
    a limited underground space
  *No outer magnetic field, enabling data and phone lines to be run along
    with the power cables
  *Reduced substation footprint requirement
  *Reduction in transmission loss
  *Reduced civil work cost
  *Possible elimination of transformers

Superconducting Fault Current Limiters (SFCL)

With power demand on the rise and new power generation sources being added,
the grid has become overcrowded and vulnerable to catastrophic faults. Faults
are abnormal flows of electrical current that act as a large scale short
circuit. SFCLs act like powerful surge protectors, preventing harmful faults
from taking down substation equipment by reducing the fault current to a safer
level (20% – 50% reduction) so that the existing switchgear can still protect
the grid. Superior fault protection increases equipment reliability and
survivability, while providing enhanced power recovery time for Smart Grid
systems. Key benefits of SFCLs include the following:

  *Protects transformers and switch gear from damaging fault currents that
    cause significant blackouts
  *Enhances system safety, stability and efficiency
  *Allows direct connect at medium voltage to renewable energy sources
  *Provides for substation interconnect with Busbar Coupling, thereby
    improving the utilization of existing assets
  *Reliable current limitation within the first half cycle
  *Reduces mechanical and thermal stresses in the grid

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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equipment effectively and on time into our production processes; our ability
to calibrate and use new equipment to produce wire in accordance with our
timetable; 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
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