Smart Grid Demo Day: ABB showcases smart grid innovations for Senate, FERC personnel

Washington, D.C., April 20, 2009 — ABB will demonstrate cutting-edge technologies and equipment designed for the emerging smart grid for U.S. Senators and staff at a special Smart Grid Demo Day in Washington, DC.

The event, organized by the GridWise Alliance, is sponsored by the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee and Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

ABB will show off a sample of its smart grid equipment designed to build greater efficiency, reliability and intelligence into a modernized power grid. This includes ABB’s “amorphous metal distribution transformer,” a transformer designed for low losses, high efficiency and made with BIOTEMP, a natural ester fluid made out of sunflower seeds.

ABB also unveiled significant technology innovations, research initiatives and practical demonstrations at a special demonstration earlier this month at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) office in Washington, DC.

The FERC Demo Day, sponsored by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), provided ABB an opportunity to share various technologies, innovations and research findings first-hand with FERC personnel, congressional representatives and policy.

ABB representatives on hand showcased many of its smart grid-related technology innovations with live demonstrations, product displays and open discussion. Displays and demonstrations included:

* Asset data management to deal with emerging grid issues such as the aging infrastructure, loss of personnel and expertise, and cost-reduction pressures;
* A field-based feeder restoration demo, using feeder automation products only;
* A control center-based feeder restoration demo, where the feeder automation products are integrated together with the outage management system (OMS). The demo included communication with several meter devices and displays the meter data in the OMS, showing the value of integrated metering data in the smart grid;
* An integrated feeder restoration and OMS;
* Substation automation utilizing open global IEC 61850 standards for applications in utilities, industries, solar and wind farms;
* HVDC for renewable power integration and long distance transmission; and
* Energy storage battery applications.

In addition, ABB showcased its collaborative participation in several energy system pilots including MORE MICROGRIDS, which spans seven European countries, and MEREGIO, an emissions-free zone in Germany that will be a model for the power industry.

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