ABB solutions support world’s largest wind power market

ABB shows portfolio for the wind industry at China Wind Power 2012

BEIJING, Nov 15, 2012 -- ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will showcase its products and solutions at China Wind Power 2012 in Beijing, the leading trade show in the country’s wind sector.

As the world’s largest wind energy market, China has committed to a sustainable development of wind power to meet its climate objectives. According to China Wind Energy Development Roadmap to 2050, the wind power capacity would provide as much as 17 percent of China’s electricity output by 2050.

Over the past years, ABB, as the leading supplier of electrical products and systems in wind energy applications, has participated many large-scale wind power projects in the world’s biggest country. The company has supplied 267 converters to Xiangyang Wind Farm in Jilin Province, one of the largest onshore wind farms in China which will generate enough clean energy to power 300,000 households. ABB’s generators, compact substations with distribution transformers, and ring main units were also supplied to Jiangsu Rudong Wind Farm, China's first offshore intertidal wind farm. This year, ABB commissioned a converter and a transformer for the 6 megawatts (MW), largest wind turbine in China.

“China is a critical market for ABB’s wind business, and that’s why we moved our wind power headquarters from Denmark to Beijing, at the beginning of 2011. We’re here to work with our local team to leverage resources to better support our customers in China,” said Alfredo Parres, head of Wind Power in ABB. “China’s wind market is currently experiencing adjustment and consolidation, yet the outlook is still promising. ABB is committed to bringing its reliable and highly-efficient products and solutions to the market.”

During November 15 -17, ABB will exhibit a broad range of its products and solutions to wind energy customers that help reduce the cost of wind energy.

One exhibit is ABB’s doubly-fed wind power generator. It supports continuous production of reactive power and has high efficiency for maximized kilowatt hour production, with low life time operational costs. Also on the show is ACS800-67, the flexible converter tailored for the doubly-fed generator. It not only proves the flexibility that can be assembled either inside the generator cabinet or at the tower base, but also features a long life time and the adaptability to extreme temperature conditions and harsh humid environments.

Another highlight in the ABB booth is SafeWind, a compact switchgear solution for all voltage levels. It provides switching and protection of wind power plant networks in harsh operating environments. The slim design allows it to fit through tower doors, which will lower the cost for installation and maintenance.

This year ABB has launched two new circuit breakers Emax VF and Emax LTT for wind turbine control and protection. These are also essential to bring down the total cost of power generation, as they minimize the chance of turbine malfunction and cost for repair.

Other highlights of ABB’s booth include AC500 PLC, motors for turbine pitch and yaw systems, and the touch screen experience which showcases ABB’s complete offering in wind power. We’re also pleased to host Pentalum (www.pentalum.com), a company in which ABB has made a strategic investment. Pentalum’s SpiDAR™ is an innovative, highly cost effective pulsed wind LiDAR system for remote sensing of wind, to be used in resource assessment campaigns, power curve measurements and wind forecasting.

“With over 30 years of experience and in-depth know-how, ABB serves wind power customers at every stage of the process. We’ll also continuously work on R&D to bring cost-effective solutions to our customers and grow with the whole wind power industry,” said Jari Tukia, head of ABB Wind North Asia & China.

To learn more about ABB’s products and services in wind, visit our booth at EA06-1, China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China from November 15 to 17.

ABB’s wind power offering includes generators, converters, motors, drives and switchgear to wind turbine OEMs, and all needed power equipment - from transformers and substations to electrical balance-of-plant supply - for onshore and offshore projects to developers, EPC firms and utilities.

Please go to www.abb.com/glossary for any technical terms in this release and www.abb.com/windpower for Wind power solutions.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 18,300 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 80 cities.

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