Profile: Superconductor Technologies Inc (SCON.OQ)
31 Mar 2015
Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI), incorporated on May 11, 1987, is engaged in developing and commercializing high temperature superconductor (HTS) materials and related technologies. The Company operates in a single business segment, the research, development, manufacture and marketing of high performance products used in cellular base stations to maximize the performance of wireless telecommunications networks by improving the quality of uplink signals from mobile wireless devices. The Company’s commercial product offerings are divided into three areas, such as SuperLink (high-temperature superconducting filters), AmpLink (high performance, ground-mounted amplifiers) and SuperPlex (high performance multiplexers).
The Company has commercialized wireless products and cryogenic coolers using its proprietary technology and is focusing its efforts on this technology in superconducting power applications such as Wireless Communications, Cryocoolers, and Electric Power Devices. SuperLink is a compact and reliable receiver front-end HTS wireless filter system to eliminate out-of-band interference for wireless base stations, combining filters with a cryogenic cooler and a cooled low-noise amplifier. Its AmpLink is a ground-mounted unit for wireless base stations that includes an amplifier and up to six dual duplexers.
SuperPlex is a multiplexer that provides low insertion loss and cross-band isolation designed to eliminate the need for additional base station antennas and reduce infrastructure costs. It sells its commercial products to a small number of wireless carriers in the United States, including AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The Company’s HTS Wire Platform targets three important applications, such as superconducting high power transmission cable, superconducting fault current limiters (SFCL) and superconducting rotating machines such as motors and generators. Superconducting high power transmission and distribution cable transmit 5 to 10 times the electrical current of traditional copper or aluminum cables with significantly improved efficiency.
HTS power cable systems consist of the cable, which is comprised of hundreds of strands of HTS wire wrapped around a copper core, and the cryogenic cooling system to maintain proper operating conditions. Superconducting Fault Current Limiter (SFCL) 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. Electrical-utilities use massive 80kA circuit breakers, oversized transformers and fuses to prevent faults from damaging their equipment and protecting against surges. Superconducting motors, generators, turbines and other rotating machines generate large future demand for its Conductus wire.
Coils utilizing Conductus wire will enable electric motors and generators to operate at much higher power densities. Superconducting High Field magnets are a variety of applications that utilize superconducting magnets in order to capitalize on their unique ability to create extremely high magnetic fields. The NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machines utilize such superconducting magnets. High-field superconducting magnets are manufactured using commercially available superconducting wire such as niobium-titanium (NbTi) or niobium-tin (Nb3Sn). The Company competes with American Superconductor, Fujikura, SuperPower, SuNam, THEVA, Alcatel-Lucent, Powerwave, and RFS.
Superconductor Technologies Inc
460 Ward Dr
SANTA BARBARA CA 93111-2310