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RuggedCom selected for China's largest photovoltaic power plant
[December 13, 2011]

RuggedCom selected for China's largest photovoltaic power plant

(Canada Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CONCORD, ON, Dec. 13, 2011 /CNW/ -RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a leading designer and manufacturer of industrial strength networks for mission-critical applications in harsh environments, has been selected by Nari-Relays Electric Co., Ltd. to provide a communications network for the implementation of the 200MW Golmud Photovoltaic Plant, which is the largest photovoltaic plant in China and one of the largest photovoltaic plants in the world. When completed, the Golmud PV Plant will produce 317GWh of on-grid electricity while simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions by 6000 tons.

Due to the fast paced nature of the project, the communications solution needed to be specified and implemented within a two-week period. With that and other geographical conditions in mind, like Golmud's average yearly air temperature range (-33°C to 35°C), the team at Nari-Relays Electric Co., Ltd. decided on RuggedCom's industry leading and award winning RuggedSwitch® family of utility grade Ethernet switches used for implementing mission critical control networks in harsh environments.

"RuggedCom products have demonstrated outstanding performance in numerous smart substations and wind farms throughout China," stated Rudi Carolsfeld, Vice President of Sales for RuggedCom's Asia-Pacific region. "The Golmud Photovoltaic Plant is located in a desert area subject to severe sandstorms and dramatic temperature variations. Our RuggedRated products are designed to operate continuously in these extreme conditions and we expect they will provide reliable communications for many renewable energy projects like the Golmud Photovoltaic Plant in China." About RuggedCom Inc.

RuggedCom is a leading provider of utility grade communications networking solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments. RuggedCom's pioneering leadership in developing technologies and products for the electric power industry delivered the world's first IEC 61850-3 compliant Ethernet switch suitable for electric utility substation environments, the world's first IEEE 1613 Class 2 error free communication devices, the world's fastest network fault recovery and the world's first fully managed IP67 rated Ethernet switch.  RuggedCom's technology solutions include Ethernet switches, network routers, wireless devices, serial servers, media converters, software and professional services.

RuggedCom's products are expressly designed for use in challenging environments such as those found in electric power substations and SmartGrids.

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NR Electric Co., Ltd. (NR) NR Electric Co., Ltd. (NR) is one of the leading manufacturers in the world on the research and manufacturing of digital protection, automation and control systems for both HVAC and HVDC power systems. As indicated in "The Worldwide Study of the Protective Relays Marketplace in Electric Utilities: 2006-2008" conducted by The Newton-Evans Research Co. (, Ellicott City, Maryland, U.S.), NR, together with ABB, Areva, SEL and Siemens, are the top five digital relay manufacturers in the world and this stated that NR is the market share leader in China.

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