ABB launches flexible 'plug-and-play' microgrid solution to boost use of renewables

ABB Australia Pty Ltd

Friday, 14 October, 2016

ABB has announced a modular and scalable ‘plug-and-play’ microgrid solution to address the growing demand for flexible technology in distributed power generation. The cost-efficient, containerised solution is relevant for mature and emerging countries and will help maximise the use of renewable energy sources while reducing dependence on fossil fuels used by generator sets.

ABB’s PowerStore Battery and the dedicated Microgrid Plus control system as well as cloud-based remote service can not only provide power access to remote areas, but also secure cost-efficient uninterrupted power supply to communities and industries during both planned and unplanned power outages from the main grid supply.

All the equipment required to run the microgrid — ABB’s power converter and dedicated control system, Microgrid Plus, as well as battery storage — has been integrated into a container for faster, easier and safer deployment. The customer can choose to configure the microgrid to integrate energy from solar, wind, main grid or diesel generator supply, based on the application and local conditions.

ABB’s modular microgrid has four predesigned variants in the range of 50 to 4600 kW to meet varying customer needs. The standard integrated functionalities include grid-connected and off-grid operation with seamless transition. It is a containerised solution designed for easy transportation and for fast installation and commissioning on-site. Operations and maintenance is enabled via a cloud-based remote service system.

“Our modular, standardised and scalable microgrid solution will provide cost-efficient access to reliable power for rural and urban applications as a plug-and-play solution,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Grids division. “It exemplifies ABB’s continued commitment to innovation and reducing environmental impact by enhancing the integration of renewable energy sources and reducing dependence on fossil fuels, all key elements of ABB’s Next Level strategy.”

ABB now has more than 30 completed microgrid installations across a diverse range of applications, serving remote communities, islands, utilities and industrial campuses. ABB’s comprehensive microgrid offering includes consulting, design and engineering, supply, installation commissioning and lifecycle services.

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