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Superconductor Technologies Inc. Awarded U.S. Patent for HTS Wire Manufacturing System

– Increases IP portfolio for its Conductus wire manufacturing –

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI) (Nasdaq:SCON) was awarded a U.S. Patent for a key aspect of the RCE-CDR system architecture used in manufacturing Conductus® HTS wire. This invention enables STI to efficiently monitor the evaporation conditions of multiple source materials used in the vacuum deposition chamber during the HTS growth process.

U.S. Patent No. 9,567,661 entitled “Reactor Device With Removable Deposition Monitor” from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) protects the system design developed by STI to improve monitoring efficiency when evaporating materials in vacuum. This type of automated machine architecture utilized within the Reactive Co-evaporation (RCE) chamber, enables improved cycle time, higher throughput, and lower costs.

“This patent reinforces the sustainable production advantages of our HTS wire manufacturing process,” stated Jeff Quiram, STI's president and CEO. “We design our systems to simplify the manufacturing process, which allow us to increase efficiency and reduce cycle time. One of the key advantages of our method is the utilization of removable monitoring tools that enable us to evaluate material evaporation status without disrupting the production process. In addition to saving time, this design reduces maintenance and cleaning requirements. Our team continues to develop and implement trade secrets that improve the economics of our Conductus wire and improve our commercial-scale capacity.”

Reactive Co-evaporation and Cyclic Deposition Reaction (RCE-CDR)
The RCE-CDR process grows a Rare Earth, Barium, Copper Oxide (ReBCO) superconductor film onto a flexible template. This process requires accurate temperature, uniform pressure, precise ratios of elements and the presence of oxidizing atmospheres to grow high performance superconducting materials. The RCE-CDR system is scaled for large batch operation to insure every portion of superconducting wire has uniform material properties. STI’s RCE-CDR process yields very high quality superconducting wire to maximize current carrying performance.

About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)
Superconductor Technologies Inc. is a global leader in superconducting innovation. Its Conductus® superconducting wire platform offers high performance, cost-effective and scalable superconducting wire. With 100 times the current carrying capacity of conventional copper and aluminum, superconducting wire offers zero resistance with extreme high current density. This provides a significant benefit for electric power transmission and also enables much smaller or more powerful magnets for motors, generators, energy storage and medical equipment. Since 1987, STI has led innovation in HTS materials, developing more than 100 patents as well as proprietary trade secrets and manufacturing expertise. For more than 20 years STI utilized its unique HTS manufacturing process for solutions to maximize capacity utilization and coverage for Tier 1 telecommunications operators. Headquartered in Austin, TX, 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 http://www.suptech.com.

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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, 2015 and in STI's other public filings. These documents are available online at STI's website, www.suptech.com, or through the SEC's website, www.sec.gov. 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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