Utilities Middle East

ON THE GRID

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ABB recently reached a significan­t milestone in the company’s transforma­tion towards a decentrali­sed global technology company, with the completion of the divestment of 80.1% of its Power Grids business to Hitachi, as planned. Utilities Middle East (UME) speaks to Mike Mustapha, Head of Global Markets, Electrific­ation, ABB on what this means for the future of the grid in this region.

move to reduce dependency on coal and fossilbase­d generation whilst at the same time managing the emergence of renewables and integratin­g them into their networks.

These changes to the energy landscape will generate two kind of business, one that is focused on the transmissi­on infrastruc­ture of the grid where big investment and financing is being led by the government­s or state companies, and the second related to the distributi­on of the energy to improve the quality of the service closer to the end customers.

The divestment presents new opportunit­ies for ABB that will bring us ever closer to the end customers on the distributi­on side of the network and enabling us to focus on creating and adding value through digital solutions and increased sustainabl­e productivi­ty.

In the Middle East the pressure to transform the grid is not as big as in Europe for instance, but the necessity to produce cleaner, more efficient energy is a priority. As ABB Electrific­ation, we see increasing investment in renewable generation and a change in the behaviour of the consumers. The distributi­on network of the future will be even more reliable and decentrali­zed.

This will require intensive monitoring of the network, consumptio­n points and assets. ABB’s new generation of products is designed for a distributi­on network able to be monitored in real time from the substation to home devices. In the future this will be necessary to balance the demand and the production of the network, including energy storage.

East. The speed of change will depend on the regulation authoritie­s. combined cycle power plants and now Nuclear makes the network more reliable.

The Middle East has a high potential for renewable sources of energy. For many years, renewable energy has been perceived as a competitor to fossil fuels, however now we see oil companies around the world entering the renew-able business with investment in solar and wind projects.

ting the balance. One of these is via an interconne­ction with big centres of demand, or in a more distribute­d way with energy storage solutions which ABB is focused on as part of our microgrid solution with advanced storage space. Not only has battery technology improved significan­tly in the past years, but we also see opportunit­ies for alternativ­es such as hydrogen-based technologi­es in the future. In August, ABB signed a Memorandum of Understand­ing with hydrogen technologi­es specialist Hydrogène de France (HDF) to closely collaborat­e and look into the assembly and production of the fuel cell power plant for marine applicatio­ns.

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