RuggedCom Inc., designer and manufacturer of industrial strength networks for mission-critical applications in harsh environments, has been selected by NR Electric Co., Ltd. (NR) 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 NR Electric Co., Ltd. (NR) 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.”