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STI reports delivery of superconductor wire for initial tests

U.S.-based Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI) announced that it has shipped Conductus®2G HTS wire that had been ordered by three multinational industrial companies for qualification testing for emerging smart grid applications.

A press release said that the wire, which has attained critical current performance of between 250 and 400 Amps per centimeter width (A/cm-width), is being used for qualification testing in the various customers' product designs for devices, such as superconducting fault current limiters and HTS high field magnets used in multiple applications, it said.

"Our customers are performing qualification testing of Conductus wire to complete their vendor selection process for upcoming projects," said STI Vice President of Marketing and Product Line Manager Adam Shelton. ""These shipments represent a significant milestone for STI as our potential customers look to secure a supply of HTS wire for 2014 and beyond." He noted that the customers will need "a significant quantity of superconducting wire at various lengths" to successfully complete upcoming smart grid projects.

"Our wire performance, yields and wire length per run have dramatically improved over the first half of 2013," Shelton said. "We expect our wire performance to continue to improve in these areas that are critical to achieving commercial volumes. By carefully aligning our 2013 production output with requirements from strategic target customers who are committed to the commercialization of superconducting devices, we are executing on our plan to bring Conductus wire to market in commercial volumes in 2014."

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