Latest power grid technologies at Hannover 2017

25th April 2017
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Latest power grid technologies at Hannover 2017


Showcasing a wide range of innovative products, systems, software and service solutions, ABB will be at HANNOER MESSE on Germany this week, from 24th-28th April. The products are helping to shape the transformation of the power sector as part of the energy revolution.

The increasing integration of intermittent renewables and distributed energy sources and new demand loads like data centres and electric vehicles, are bringing new challenges. The grid needs to become more flexible and intelligent to handle these complexities. At the same time, stability and ensuring a steady, reliable and quality power flow to consumers is critical.

“The increasing digitalisation of the power value chain is key to addressing new grid complexities” said Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division. “Our pioneering technology heritage, domain expertise and unparalleled global installed base, positions us as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

As a centrepiece of its digital offering, ABB will demonstrate its digital substation concept at the event. This key component for enabling a smarter grid, builds on ABB Ability, the company’s latest offering that brings together all of ABB’s digital products and services to create real business value for customers.

A digital substation is smaller, more reliable, has a reduced lifecycle cost and is simpler to maintain and extend than an analogue one. Digital communications with fibre optic cables will replace traditional copper connections that use analogue signals – enhancing safety, flexibility and availability of power, while reducing cost, risk and environmental impact.

As part of the digital substation demonstration, ABB will also exhibit a high voltage Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) with advanced features to enable digital control, supervision and monitoring.

This intelligence is also extended to the management of assets through the integration of information and operational technologies, showcased as part of the ABB Ability Asset Health Center solution, combining ABB’s vast competence and installed base and the company’s enterprise software portfolio.

ABB will also exhibit the latest developments in its Voltage Source Converter (VSC) based High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) solution called HVDC Light, to mark 20 years of this breakthrough technology, pioneered by the company.

HVDC Light is extensively being deployed for applications such as interconnecting countries to support trading of electricity and to integrate renewable energy sources such as offshore wind, to bring clean power to millions of people. The ABB Ability-based MACH control and protection system, which acts as the brain of transmission systems like HVDC will also be displayed. As part of its offering, ABB will also showcase its power quality, storage and service solutions.  

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