National Geographic Channel to Feature Southwire's Superconducting Cable

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A new documentary produced by the National Geographic Channel provides a glimpse of cutting-edge technologies--such as Southwire's HTS Triax superconducting cable--being designed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and various partners to combat and deter terrorist attacks within America's borders. Hi-Tech War on Terror is scheduled to air Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 10 p.m.

In addition, power systems will require greater levels of protection against electrical surges. To meet these challenges, partners like Southwire, American Superconductor and the Department of Homeland Security are using the latest technological advances to provide solutions.

Southwire's high-temperature superconducting cable, HTS Triax®, is about to make its national television debut.

A new documentary produced by the National Geographic Channel provides a glimpse of cutting-edge technologies being designed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and various partners to combat and deter terrorist attacks within America's borders. Hi-Tech War on Terror is scheduled to air Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 10 p.m.

From military weapons labs to seaport and airspace command centers, the hour-long documentary includes footage from facilities across the country. Viewers get a first-hand look at new technologies designed to protect airliners from explosions, create a high-altitude missile detection system, add security sensors to shipping containers, build an electrical grid using superconducting cables and scan people from a distance to determine if they have malicious intentions.

"This is really cutting-edge stuff. This is brand-new science," said James Cohen, Department of Homeland Security under secretary. "We're going for the big gain. If we fail, we've learned in the process. But if we're successful, it's a game-changer."

While it is cutting-edge, Southwire's high-temperature superconducting (HTS) cable is not a brand new or unproven technology. The company began working on superconducting cables in the early 1990s and is about to mark two and a half years since one of its HTS cables was installed in a working substation near Columbus, Ohio.

According to President of the Southwire Energy Division, Charlie Murrah, "The success of HTS Triax superconducting cable operations at AEP in Ohio is helping Southwire leverage our experience to win new projects across the United States. We continue to provide innovative solutions, like HTS Triax, to solve our customers' most challenging problems."

Although it does not mention Southwire by name, the National Geographic documentary explores a partnership between American Superconductor, Consolidated Edison and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop a more resilient power grid in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Southwire and its joint venture partner nkt cables are working with American Superconductor to develop cables for the project. The superconducting cables, which are seen in the film, act as their own circuit breakers, preventing a cascading effect in the event of a power outage and limiting the area affected.

"As the nation's power grows even more congested, the ability of superconductors to deliver more power to more people becomes increasingly crucial to ensuring a continuous flow of electricity," said Stu Thorn, Southwire's president and CEO. "In addition, power systems will require greater levels of protection against electrical surges. To meet these challenges, partners like Southwire, American Superconductor and the Department of Homeland Security are using the latest technological advances to provide solutions."

For information on the program visit http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/hi-tech-war-on-terror-3934. For information regarding Southwire's HTS Triax superconducting cable visit http://www.supercables.com or http://www.southwire.com/htstriax.

About Southwire:
A technology leader, Southwire® Company is a major wire and cable provider in North America, manufacturing copper and aluminum building wire and cable, metal-clad (MC) cable, metallic and non-metallic flexible conduit, cord products, utility cable products, industrial power cable, power generation cables, copper and aluminum rod and continuous casting technology. Through innovative research, Southwire has developed and patented Flatwire Ready®, SureSeal®, HTS Triax® Superconducting Cable, SIMpull THHN® cable, Romex® SIMpull® cable, and MCAP® and HCF MCAP® cables. Southwire has also developed other innovative products such as Riser MC cable®, HS285®, Vibration Resistant VR2® and PowerGlide® Utility Cables. Visit our website at http://www.southwire.com.

Press Contact:
Carol Godfrey, Southwire VP of Energy
Southwire Company, One Southwire Drive, Carrollton, Georgia 30119
770-832-4242

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