The Electric Power Research Institute, along with several auto manufacturers, utilities, and regional transmission organizations, will demonstrate an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies....More
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.
With so many transformer manufacturers in the marketplace today, have transformers become just another commodity? Specs are always a consideration when shopping for a transformer, but there is another very important factor. Is your supplier experienced enough to design a transformer that will last 30 – 40 years? Learn more crucial questions to ask when you're shopping for a transformer to improve your transformer longevity. For more information on this topic, download the free white paper: How evolving design tools and specifications impact transformer longevity.
Servicing power equipment because the calendar says so is wasteful and inefficient. Read this white paper to learn how you can begin implementing a more effective condition-based approach to maintenance....More
This brief article describes how an innovative digital solution is enhancing the ability of protection relays in compensated distribution systems to perform their two most important tasks: earth-fault detection and directional determination....More