ABB looks to help on clean energy

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By YANG ZIMAN yangz­i­man@chi­nadaily. com.cn

ABB Group, a Zurich­based elec­tric­ity and au­to­ma­tion so­lu­tion provider, sees great op­por­tu­ni­ties in China’s clean-energy in­cor­po­ra­tion and mi­cro grid drive, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s top ex­ec­u­tive.

“China has de­ter­mined its goals in car­bon diox­ide re­duc­tion. This goal is go­ing to gen­er­ate large in­vest­ment in a lot of sec­tors,” said Clau­dio Facchin, pres­i­dent of power grids di­vi­sion of ABB. The com­pany of­fers tech­nolo­gies for clean-energy in­cor­po­ra­tion into the con­ven­tional grid in large and small scale, said Facchin.

Ac­cord­ing to Facchin, the com­pany’s high-volt­age di­rect-cur­rent tech­nol­ogy is able to en­sure sta­ble and cost-ef­fec­tive long-dis­tance elec­tric­ity trans­fer.

ABB has par­tic­i­pated in the Xiangji­aba-Shang­hai elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion route, which cov­ers nearly 2,000 kilo­me­ters from Chongqing to 24 mil­lion users in Shang­hai, us­ing HVDC tech­nol­ogy.

HVDC is at the moment one of the most re­li­able tech­nolo­gies for long-dis­tance power trans­mis­sion. The first com­mer­cial HVDC route was built in Swe­den in 1954 by ASEA, which was the for­mer com­pany of ABB.

ABB has more than 110 HVDC projects around the globe, ac­count­ing for around half of the in­stalled ca­pac­ity through­out the world. It has been in­volved in 22 of China’s 30 HVDC projects, pro­vid­ing core tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port.

In terms of small-scale clean-energy in­cor­po­ra­tion, ABB has so­phis­ti­cated au­to­matic so­lu­tions and power stor­age tech­nolo­gies for mi­cro grids to en­sure its sta­bil­ity, said Facchin.

ABB has col­lab­o­rated with South Korea’s Sam­sung SDI and China’s au­tomaker BYD Co in elec­tric­ity stor­age, a key tech­nol­ogy for the sta­bil­ity of mi­cro grids.

“China’s re­new­able energy drive started by en­hanc­ing in­stalled ca­pac­ity. The coun­try now has the largest wind and pho­to­voltaic mar­ket,” said Gu Chuanyuan, chair­man and pres­i­dent of ABB (China) Ltd.

“In the next phase, par­tic­u­larly af­ter China joined the cli­mate treaty in Paris, it has more am­bi­tious plans. The more wind tur­bines we build, the higher the re­quire­ment on sta­bil­ity and safety gets. ABB has an all-around so­lu­tion in tech­nolo­gies, port­fo­lio and mar­ket cov­er­age that we can of­fer to the China mar­ket in terms of how to get re­new­able energy’s in­cor­po­ra­tion un­der con­trol,” said Gu.

The un­used in­stalled ca­pac­ity of clean energy is a ma­jor bot­tle­neck that China’s en­vi­ron­men­tal drive faces, said Qin Haiyan, di­rec­tor of the wind power com­mit­tee of the China Na­tional Re­new­able Energy Cen­ter.

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