BASF New Business GmbH
BASF New Business GmbH

High-Temperature Superconductors

Electricity that flows almost without losses? Electrical resistance that simply disappears? High-temperature superconductors are the answer.

Our high-temperature yttrium-barium-copper-oxide superconductors transmit electricity at low temperatures with virtually no losses, allowing savings on generation and transmission. In addition, conductivity is up to 20 times higher than that of copper, the material most frequently used for power supply lines.

High-temperature superconductors thus enable new energy systems, which work efficiently and use resources economically. With their high load capacity, they allow extremely compact and lightweight electrical systems.

Dr. Carsten Henschel
Senior Manager Sales Superconductor Tapes, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen

What are superconductors used for?

Power cables and busbars

High-temperature superconductors can revolutionize power supply, especially in dense urban areas.

Fault current limiters

High-temperature superconductors limit power spikes in supply networks and prevent power outages caused by short circuits.


Thanks to high-temperature superconductors, generators are lighter weight, smaller and more efficient.

How are high-temperature superconductors produced?

Manufactured by Deutsche Nanoschicht, a subsidiary of BASF New Business, high-temperature superconductors conduct electricity at temperatures close to the boiling point of liquid nitrogen (77 Kelvin / minus 196°C) with no resistance.

Deutsche Nanoschicht has developed a unique method using chemical solution deposition to produce high-temperature superconductors. This involves applying very thin layers of a superconductor material and several buffer layers to a metal sheet in a continuous process. In contrast to other physical processes, this chemical method requires neither a vacuum nor a clean room environment – a key advantage regarding production cost.

Deutsche Nanoschicht

This subsidiary of BASF New Business has developed and uses a unique process for efficient production of high-temperature superconductors.

High-temperature superconductors for efficient current conduction