Asset-intensive industries face increasing pressure to improve how well they utilize and maintain their equipment. Asset health management is emerging as a critical business process due to the potentially very significant bottom-line impact of asset decisions on profitability, compliance and customer satisfaction....More
Current and voltage measurements are two key functions in the control and protection of electric power grids. Traditionally, they have been performed using so-called instrument transformers – somewhat bulky and heavy devices that can weigh up to several tons....More
Using advanced converter technology developed by abb, the world's first hvdc transmission with voltage source converters began transmitting power in 1997. This technology was introduced as hvdc light. The new transmission link ran along a 10 km route between the swedish towns of hellsjön and grängesberg. It was rated at 3 mw / ± 10 kv dc....More
A new study finds that distributed generation, energy efficiency, storage, microgrids, and other innovations add resilience and dynamism to the grid, but do not obviate the need for major expansion of the high-voltage, bulk power system....More
Acquisition-focused ABB is chasing the "emerging markets" of utility analytics and asset management in North America, Gary Rackliffe, VP of smart grids, North America, at ABB, told us recently in an exclusive interview....More
Utilities can plan for almost anything if they know the direction the government will take,” says Monty Tripp, the function head for government affairs of ABB, and a lawyer with 30 years of experience in Washington, D.C....More
Preparing for the Power Evolution is an all-online event as part of the SmartStream Digital Conference series, sponsored by ABB Automation & Power World. Registration is required and it is open to power utility management, engineers and operations professionals to attend, free of charge. The conference will include an Asset Management Track to help utilities to confront challenges and move forward in a data-driven environment....More
ABB Automation & Power World is hosting a free online conference to help utility management, engineers, and operations professionals. Called "Preparing for the power evolution," the one-day program includes 25 live online webinars, plus live interviews and chat sessions among attendees and presenters.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week acted to promote broader regional transmission planning in the U.S. Western Interconnection by clarifying that an Order No. 1000 regional transmission planning process may conduct transmission planning on behalf of non-public utility transmission providers,...More
Following a record-breaking five-day heat wave combined with a microburst of thunderstorms bringing high winds, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is thanking customers and community partners for their efforts to save energy and for their patience during power outages....More
You tell us: What are the biggest causes of outages in the United States for a) distribution b) transmission? Are things getting better or worse? How does the U.S. reliability compare to other countries?...More
New York state, already ranked fifth in the country for total distributed energy resource (DER) capacity, is pursuing an array of initiatives to further increase the use of on-site power generation and storage systems....More
Last month I wrote a provocative piece, "Climate Change Hysteria: Utilities Will Benefit," and sent it out to our Grid Optimization panel of experts. So enjoy these viewpoints from the United States and Europe, from academia and utilities. I certainly did....More
The EL mechanism used in ABB's ADVAC breaker is the most widely used technology in the world, and with good reason. With fewer moving parts and vacuum interrupters embedded in cast-resin, breaker maintenance is greatly reduced. For much more information about innovations and insights, read this ABB Review Special Report: Medium-voltage products.