New Zealand’s history in technological innovation and its pioneers has often been overlooked. With a social climate that fosters creativity and innovation, many businesses that exploit new technologies have evolved. HTS-110 was established in 2004 to develop HTS applications. Since then a wide range of compact cryogen free systems have been built, including bending magnets, beamline magnets that fit inside and around UHV chambers, as well as magnets for industrial applications including a scanning magnet for ion implantation that operates at 100Hz. Recent developments include compact cryogen-free magnets for NMR and MRI creating new opportunities for researchers to do field cycling at fields up to 5 Tesla.
Improvement in HTS materials now allow higher engineering current densities which combined with other technologies make it feasible to create ‘desktop’ solutions that are cooled by Stirling coolers and powered by current from wholly within the cryogenic environment.