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SuperPower wire further advances the future commercialization of superconducting fault current limiters (SFCL)

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April 25, 2014

SuperPower supplies 2G HTS wire for Applied Materials’ SFCL project that includes NYSERDA, Central Hudson and Three-C

Developing the future of SFCLs and transformers

April 25, 2014 – Schenectady, New York – SuperPower Inc. supplied its second generation (2G) high temperature superconducting (HTS) wire to the Applied Materials, Inc. superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) system to be installed for on-grid testing at the Knapps Corners substation owned and operated by Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. (Central Hudson) in New York. Applied Materials is one of many technology leaders involved in the energy industry who realize the benefits of 2G HTS technology as a viable and necessary part to revitalizing the power grid.

Applied Materials announced on April 15, 2014 that it had completed the assembly of a SFCL system for installation and on?grid testing at a substation owned and operated by Central Hudson. Other team members include the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Three?C Electrical Co., as well as Central Hudson and SuperPower. System testing and evaluation is set to commence in May 2014 and will continue for one year. Performance data will be provided to the New York State Public Service Commission.

In today`s high voltage transmission network, the introduction of new generating facilities, independent power producers, and network upgrades can result in fault?current overduty on existing protective equipment. A variety of factors such as lightning, downed power lines, or crossed power lines also cause faults throughout the utility grid. Conventional solutions to fault current overduty problems such as the construction of new substations, splitting existing...

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Agreement Reached with JUNG SHING WIRE CO., LTD. (Taiwan) to Collaborate in Highly Heat-Resistant Thin Rectangular Enameled Wire Business

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April 17, 2014

Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and Furukawa Magnet Wire Co., Ltd. (“FMGW”) have agreed to grant a manufacturing technology license to JUNG SHING WIRE CO., LTD. (Taiwan) (“JSW”)(FMGW has a 21.15% stake in JSW) in relation to highly heat-resistant fine rectangular enameled wire (“Ribbon Wire”). The market for Ribbon Wire in inductor (coil) applications is rapidly expanding and the aim is for both companies to manufacture and sell Ribbon Wire using standardized global technology and quality to a common global standard.

Background

Along with increasingly miniaturized, flatter and more sophisticated models of smart phones and tablets, components have also become more miniaturized and there has been an increase in the use of low-back type components, components capable of handling high currents and highly heat-resistant components. The Ribbon Wire developed by Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. and FMGW has gained an excellent reputation as a magnet wire for use in inductor applications, in which miniaturization has advanced remarkably.

The market for inductor components is expected to grow at more than 20% per annum at a global level along with the expansion in the electronic appliances market. There is a need to strengthen Ribbon Wire manufacturing capacity to meet the expansion of this market.

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Launch of Demonstration Tests for Passive Sensors Aimed at Disaster Mitigation

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- First Ever Local Government Demonstration Tests Utilizing Fiber Optics Networks for Passive Disaster Prevention Sensors (Rain Gauges and Water Level Gauges) -

April 4, 2014

NTT Data Chugoku Company

Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.

Nippon COMSYS Corporation, Chugoku Branch

NTT Data Chugoku Company (President: Kazuhiro Nishimura; Headquarters: Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture), Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (President: Mitsuyoshi Shibata; Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), and Nippon COMSYS Corporation, Chugoku Branch (Branch General Manager: Hiroshi Watanabe; Chugoku Branch location: Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture) have jointly launched demonstration tests in Kagamino Town, Okayama Prefecture for passive disaster prevention sensors with the aim of reducing the damage caused by natural disasters.

The demonstration tests are being implemented to build systems capable of carrying out real-time monitoring of conditions during periods of sudden torrential rain, which have become more frequent in recent years, by identifying dangerous locations as quickly as possible and giving rapid and detailed predictions of when dangerous situations will arise.

Background and Aims

In recent years, extensive damage has been caused by sudden and localized torrential rain. There are limits to how much can be done to address this problem using structural measures alone, and there is an urgent need to provide an integrated approach that includes non-structural measures. In order to prevent damage from sudden torrential rain, there is a need to collect real-time information on flooding and rain volumes across a broad area. A need has arisen to identify detailed information in each region using the independent measurements...

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SuperPower adds thinner substrate options to superconducting wire offerings- SuperPower adds a 30 micron substrate geometry to further increase product flexibility and increase current density

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April 1, 2014 – Hannover, Germany – SuperPower Inc., a subsidiary of Furakawa Electric Company of Japan, is once again participating in the SuperConducting City Exposition at the 2014 Hannover Messe, the world’s premiere trade fair on energy and industry technology topics and has announced a new product offering to highlight an innovative technology and manufacturing advancement made over the past year.

Yusei Shirasaka, president of SuperPower, said, “we are pleased to announce the addition of a 30 micron substrate thickness option to our standard offerings of 50 and 100 micron substrate second-generation (2G) high temperature superconducting (HTS) wires. This new geometry was developed at the request of a number of our customers who will benefit enormously from the additional current density they will gain from this even thinner wire. Our 50 and 100 micron substrates have already been half or less the thickness of our competitors’ wires, offering an enormous advantage for coil configurations. The 30 micron option will give an even greater benefit in current density that leads to smaller size and lower weight of devices.”

“Advanced Conductor Technologies has been eagerly awaiting this new, thinner profile conductor for incorporporation into our high current density Conductor on Round Core (CORC) cable,” said Dr. Danko van der Laan, founder and chief executive officer of the start-up company located in Boulder, Colorado. “The 33% reduction in conductor profile in combination with much better mechanical properties, will contribute to an increase of as high as 50 % to our extremely current dense, flexible cable that is being eagerly awaited for incorporation into devices...

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Successful Miniaturization of Next-generation Optical Waveguide Chip- Realization of higher density integration -

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Furukawa Electric has succeeded in reducing the chip size in next-generation silica-based optical waveguide circuits(note 1) (hereinafter called, PLC) to less than one tenth of the size of conventional chips. This has made it possible to realize the high-density integration of the circuits.

Two presentations related to this technology will be given at OFC2014 to be held in March this year, the largest international conference in the optical communications sector in the world. These presentations will be on “Ultra-small coherent mixers” and “Low loss connection technologies for super high refractive index PLC (hereinafter called “super high Δ PLC”).”

Background

In recent years, the arrival of smartphones and the spread of moving picture distribution and social networks, etc., have resulted in an explosive increase in communications traffic. In order to realize this advanced information-oriented society, it is necessary to realize ultra-high speed and large-capacity transmission.

The introduction of the optical digital coherent system(note 2) is being accelerated as a step to achieve this ultra-high speed and large-capacity transmission and there is a requirement for the provision of optical components and terminal equipment to achieve this. There are also demands for more compact, higher functioning and lower costing optical devices and in order to satisfy these demands, it is becoming necessary to develop innovative technology that goes beyond the design limits for conventional PLC.

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