ABB's Smart Grid Center of Excellence facility, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., is now operational and open for business.

This state-of-the-art Smart Grid Center of Excellence, backed by a US$10 million investment from ABB, was created to demonstrate ABB's technology and investment in the smart grid industry. The recent acquisition of Ventyx (a smart grid software firm), investment in research and the development of new technology have allowed ABB to become the leader in the modernization of the distribution grid.

The Center of Excellence has functional systems that display the end-to-end solution where information technologies and operational technologies converge to close the loop of automation, control and data acquisition. In addition to the demonstration area, ABB has invested in a Systems Verification Center, where the interoperable testing of industry-accepted products and development of advanced applications can take place. This new service will allow customers to configure, test and install solutions that will reduce installation time, site acceptance tests and the deployment of new advanced applications.

The Center of Excellence, located on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University, also houses Substation Automation Products and Systems. The Substation Automation team recently launched the new Relion family of ANSI protection and control products.

ABB will operate the Center of Excellence in collaboration with several North Carolina partnerships, including the FREEDM Systems Center, local utilities such as Duke Energy and Progress Energy, and other local metering and communications companies. The Raleigh site is already home to ABB's North American headquarters for its Power Products and Power Systems divisions, as well as a major Corporate Research Center focused on advanced power systems technology research. ABB's North American corporate headquarters are also located in nearby Cary.

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