AMSC to Provide Wire for Fault Current Limiter in Europe's Largest Superconductor Grid Project

AMSC to Provide Wire for Fault Current Limiter in Europe's Largest
Superconductor Grid Project

Medium Voltage Superconductor Fault Current Limiters Commercially Advertised
in North America by Nexans and AMSC

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMSC (Nasdaq:AMSC), a global
solutions provider serving wind and power grid industry leaders, today
announced at DistribuTECH an order from Nexans, a worldwide expert in the
cable industry, for high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire to be used in a
superconductor fault current limiter (SFCL). The SFCL will act as a surge
protector at "AmpaCity," a project being undertaken by Nexans, RWE Group, one
of Europe's leading electricity and gas companies, and the German research
institute KIT. AmpaCity aims to replace inner-city high-voltage equipment with
superconductor systems.

Medium voltage superconductor systems uniquely provide an alternative to
conventional high voltage installations. The SFCL will provide overload
protection toa superconductor cable, lowering the fault current levels, and
allowing for a safe and reliable interconnection to the grid. The complete HTS
system, comprising of a cable and SFCL, will be manufactured by Nexans. The
SFCL will employ AMSC's Amperium® superconductor wire.

"The AmpaCity project is laying the groundwork for modern inner-city
electricity distribution," said Jean-Maxime Saugrain, Nexans Corporate Vice
President Technical. "The fault current limiter is an important part of the
complete system, and we are happy to utilize AMSC wire for it."

Superconductor fault current limiters act as surge protectors for power grids.
As electricity demand and generation are steadily growing and power grids are
becoming more interconnected, the magnitude of fault currents on power grids
is increasing significantly. By lowering the fault current levels, SFCLs
enable utilities to defer or eliminate equipment replacement, increase
equipment life and enhance system operation.

"AMSC is proud to act as a supplier to Nexans on the landmark AmpaCity
project," said Daniel P. McGahn, President and CEO, AMSC.

Nexans and AMSC recently announced a cooperation to bring the same
medium-voltage SFCLs to the North American market. The resistive SFCL is a
fast and self-acting system that limits currents to safe, manageable values.
The system is passive, typically sitting idle and "invisible" to the grid, but
can sense and then suppress fault currents when they occur, sparing
transformers, switchgear and other equipment from damage and protecting the
broader power grid. Its ability to sit passively eliminates the losses
associated with normal power flow along with many other constraints that are
encountered with conventional solutions.

AMSC's Amperium superconductor wire is able to conduct approximately 200 times
the electrical current of copper wire of similar dimensions. This wire is
being used in numerous high-power applications, including SFCLs, power cables,
motors and generators.

AMSC will be showcasing the SFCL at booth #3348 at DistribuTECH at the San
Diego Convention Center January 29-31, 2013.

About AMSC (Nasdaq:AMSC)

AMSC generates the ideas, technologies and solutions that meet the world's
demand for smarter, cleaner … better energy. Through its Windtec™ Solutions,
AMSC provides wind turbine electronic controls and systems, designs and
engineering services that reduce the cost of wind energy. Through its Gridtec
Solutions, AMSC provides the engineering planning services and advanced grid
systems that optimize network reliability, efficiency and performance. The
company's solutions are now powering gigawatts of renewable energy globally
and enhancing the performance and reliability of power networks in more than a
dozen countries. Founded in 1987, AMSC is headquartered near Boston,
Massachusetts with operations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.
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complementary businesses or technologies, which may require us to incur
substantial costs for which we may never realize the anticipated benefits;
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reporting, our ability to produce accurate and timely financial statements
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adversely affect our results from operations; growth of the wind energy market
depends largely on the availability and size of government subsidies and
economic incentives; we depend on sales to customers in China, and global
conditions could negatively affect our operating results or limit our ability
to expand our operations outside of China; changes in China's political,
social, regulatory and economic environment may affect our financial
performance; our products face intense competition, which could limit our
ability to acquire or retain customers; our international operations are
subject to risks that we do not face in the United States, which could have an
adverse effect on our operating results; adverse changes in domestic and
global economic conditions could adversely affect our operating results; we
may be unable to adequately prevent disclosure of trade secrets and other
proprietary information; our patents may not provide meaningful protection for
our technology, which could result in us losing some or all of our market
position; the commercial uses of superconductor products are limited today,
and a widespread commercial market for our products may not develop; there are
a number of technological challenges that must be successfully addressed
before our superconductor products can gain widespread commercial acceptance,
and our inability to address such technological challenges could adversely
affect our ability to acquire customers for our products; we have not
manufactured our Amperium wire in commercial quantities, and a failure to
manufacture our Amperium wire in commercial quantities at acceptable cost and
quality levels would substantially limit our future revenue and profit
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conflict-free minerals may force us to incur additional expenses. These and
the important factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in Part II.
Item 1A and Part 1. Item 1A of our Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended March
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CONTACT: Kerry Farrell
         Phone: 978-842-3247

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