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Since its inception, HTS-110 has been at the forefront of global innovation in applied HTS products.

HTS-110 was formed in 2004 with the aim of commercialising almost two decades of pioneering HTS R&D by Industrial Research Limited (IRL), a former New Zealand Crown Research Institute, and its predecessor the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). HTS-110 became part of NZX-listed Scott Technology in 2011 and a decade later has become an independent company once again.

HTS-110 has accumulated extensive experience in providing innovative magnetic solutions including x-ray and neutron beamline sample environments, high-throughput magnets for materials analysis, compact magnets for magneto-optical studies and high uniformity magnets for magnetic resonance and beamline instrumentation. In addition, a large range of custom magnetic solutions have been provided for specific applications ranging from energy storage to mine-sweeping.

HTS-110 remains the only company in the world specialising in HTS magnet systems and components. Our unique expertise derives from more than a century of accumulated HTS experience across the current team. Operating from its facility in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, HTS-110 maintains a strong relationship with its parent HTS research team, now known as the Robinson Research Institute of Victoria University of Wellington.

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What are High Temperature Superconductors (HTS)?

What are High Temperature Superconductors (HTS)?

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 (~4 K) before they exhibit superconducting behaviour.

Incorporating HTS technology means smaller, easier to maintain and lower total lifetime cost devices in comparison to competing technologies.

Key benefits of HTS

Key benefits of HTS

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 1.5 T.

LTS magnets 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 a lower total cost of ownership. HTS magnets can be ramped faster and to higher fields than LTS magnets.

With this versatility, HTS magnets make possible applications that are simply not possible using LTS or large copper electromagnets.

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