Since its inception, HTS-110 has been at the forefront of global innovation in applied HTS (High‑Temperature Superconductor, or more correctly, High Tc Superconductor) products. Incorporating HTS technology means smaller, easier to maintain and lower total lifetime cost devices in comparison to competing technologies.
High Temperature Superconductors are a class of ceramics that conduct DC electricity with zero resistance when cooled to cryogenic temperatures (20-77 kelvin). They are identified as “high” to distinguish them from low temperature superconductors (LTS), which need to be cooled to almost absolute zero (~4K) before they exhibit superconducting behaviour.
Copper electromagnets are typically limited in their high field applications as their iron cores reach saturation at fields of around 2 tesla.
Permanent magnets are limited to static and relatively low-field applications up to about 1.5T.
LTS magnets also have significant shortcomings mostly arising from the very low temperatures needed for their safe operation. HTS magnets can operate at much higher temperatures than LTS magnets, can be cheaper to run (less cooling is required) and provide lower total cost of ownership. HTS systems are more stable and are easier to turn off and on. In addition they can withstand fields higher than 23T, giving them an added range of specialist applications.
HTS magnets are also much smaller and lighter than permanent magnets. With this versatility, HTS magnets make possible applications that are simply not possible using LTS or large copper electromagnets.
Due to the advantages outlined above there is an ever-expanding range of applications utilising HTS, including NMR/MRI, industrial processing, magnetic separation, materials research and analysis, rotating machinery and power equipment.