ABB achieves breakthrough with world’s most powerful HVDC transformer

ABB writes next chapter in electrical history as transformers and key equipment for world’s first 1,100 kilovolt (kV) project in China pass stringent tests ABB has set another pioneering innovation record with the successful testing of the low and high voltage units of the world’s most powerful ultrahigh-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transformer. The +/-1,100 kV (1.1 million volts) UHVDC transformer, developed and manufactured in close collaboration with State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), has successfully passed a series of type tests, paving the way for the implementation of the Changji-Guquan UHVDC link, which will transmit power from the Xinjiang region in the Northwest, to Anhui province in eastern China. Changji-Guquan,

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ABB named global leader in SCADA systems for the power sector

New ARC report proclaims “ABB’s Grid Automation business is at the forefront of grid automation and digitalization” ABB has been named as the global market leader in SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems for the power transmission and distribution sector by ARC Advisory Group, a leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, infrastructure, and cities, in its newly released report titled “SCADA Systems for the Electric Power Industry Market Analysis, 2016-2021.“ SCADA is a computer-based system for gathering and analyzing real-time data to monitor and control equipment that deals with critical and time-sensitive materials or events. Data is gathered, processed and presented, often to issue warnings when conditions

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The Current State of Smart Grid Analytics

The Utility Analytics Institute conducted a research study sponsored by ABB to assess how far the utility industry has progressed in its evolution toward a smart grid and maturation of smart grid analytics. The Current State of Smart Grid Analytics research report relies on a survey of utility leaders and other primary sources to develop a first-hand account of where things stand today. The report includes compelling analytics, success stories, and identifies some daunting challenges. Readers of the report will find familiar analytics applications and some that are surprising. The research study demonstrates that smart grid analytics offer tremendous value-generation opportunities but challenges exist that can make it difficult to

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ABB software solution to improve outage response at major U.S. utility

Commonwealth Edison Co. implements mission-critical system for Distribution Operations ABB has successfully delivered its latest distribution and outage management systems to ComEd, a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, the United States’ leading energy provider. The software solution helps ComEd minimize the impact of outages for its customers across northern Illinois. ABB AbilityTM based Network Manager distribution management system (DMS) provides real-time monitoring and control, network analysis and optimization as well as outage management capabilities in an integrated software platform. The latest DMS/OMS software integrates information, system status and resources to more accurately predict and locate outages, to efficiently dispatch repair crews and enables ComEd to address the issue. The upgraded

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ABB wins $30 million order to strengthen power infrastructure in Iraq

Substation to connect new power plant near Basra to national grid ABB has won an order to supply and install a substation at the 3,000 megawatt (MW) Rumaila power plant, located in the Basra region of southern Iraq. The completed power plant will be operated by Shamara Holding Group (SHG), one of Iraq’s largest private industrial conglomerates and an independent power producer. The Rumaila power plant is expected to increase power generation capacity by about 20 percent and address acute shortages of electricity, hampering economic growth in the country. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017. The 3,000 MW from the Rumaila power plant will add to Iraq’s

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ABB wins $30 million order to upgrade Nordic HVDC link

ABB AbilityTM MACHTM control system will boost energy exchange in upgrade of Sweden-Denmark Konti-Skan link ABB has won an order worth around $30 million from Svenska Kraftnät in Sweden and Energinet in Denmark. ABB will upgrade the control and protection system for the Konti-Skan high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link with its latest ABB Ability MACH technology. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017. The Konti-Skan transmission link was built 52 years ago as the first interconnection between Sweden and Denmark enabling electricity exchange. This provided the benefits of a shared grid with additional features from the HVDC system, which has enabled the exchange of renewable hydropower

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ABB completes acquisition of B&R

Acquisition creates a uniquely comprehensive automation portfolio for customers globally Clear commitment to B&R’s growth strategy, mid-term sales ambition of >$1 billion B&R becomes new global business unit “Machine & Factory Automation” Commitment to growing B&R’s business is demonstrated by investment in new R&D center Transaction funded in cash, operational EPS accretive in year one ABB today announced that it has completed its acquisition of B&R (Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik GmbH), the largest independent provider focused on product- and software-based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide. The transaction, which was announced on April 4, 2017, is financed in cash and expected to be operationally EPS accretive in the

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ABB acquires KEYMILE’s communication networks business to strengthen digital grid portfolio and software focus

Acquisition supports ABB AbilityTM offering for mission-critical power grid applications, extending market opportunities ABB today announced it has agreed to acquire the mission-critical communication business of the KEYMILE Group to strengthen its communication networks portfolio. The acquisition will bring with it key products, software and service solutions, as well as research and development expertise. These will further enhance ABB’s industry-leading digital offering, ABB Ability, by adding extremely reliable communications technologies that are essential to maintain today’s dynamic and complex digital electrical grids. The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2017. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the deal. KEYMILE is headquartered in

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ABB’s microgrid to power Aruba and support transition to renewable energy

ABB microgrid will integrate wind and solar energy to provide electricity to Caribbean island that was previously fully dependent on fossil fuels ABB will provide an advanced microgrid to WEB Aruba N.V., the main power utility serving the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. ABB’s software, automation and control technologies will help WEB Aruba integrate solar and wind energy, forecast and plan better and optimize operations in real-time, while meeting Aruba’s growing demand for electricity. The island is 32 km long and 10 km across its widest point. It has a land area of 179 square km and a population of about 103,000 inhabitants. A popular tourism destination, Aruba has a

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ABB showcases innovative medium-voltage and digital technology solutions for distribution networks

The pioneering technology leader, ABB, will showcase its technology innovations that support smarter and safer power across the entire energy distribution chain at CIRED 2017, from stand G08. At the bi-annual event, to be held this year in Glasgow, participants from all over the world will gather to interact and learn about the latest developments in distribution technology. ABB will exhibit a variety of technologies to support its commitment to safer, cleaner and more sustainable power distribution. “At CIRED this year we will present some of our pioneering green technologies to help safeguard future generations,” said Bruno Melles, Managing Director of ABB’s medium voltage product business. “At this exhibition we

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