ABB supports China’s first wind and solar energy storage and transmission project

Will be the world’s biggest new energy utilization platform, integrating wind and solar power, energy storage, and smart transmission technologies

Beijing, February 14, 2012 –ABB, a top 500 company, recently provided battery energy storage equipment for China’s first wind and solar energy storage and transmission project, supporting the storage and release of new energy and improving the reliability and overall performance of the power grid. This project, located in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, is the world’s biggest new energy utilization platform, integrating wind power, solar power, energy storage, and smart transmission technologies. Clean power generated by this project will be integrated into North China’s energy grid.

Robert Larsson, head of the Discrete Automation and Motion division, North Asia and China, said, “Energy storage technology is an integral part of smart grid construction, and plays an important role in renewable energy applications and interactive management of the grid. ABB is one of only a handful of global companies to feature comprehensive leading smart grid and energy storage technologies covering the whole value chain of the power industry. We are pleased to supply advanced battery energy storage equipment for this important project, showing the strong confidence the industry has in us.”

ABB provided 10 units of the PCS100 ESS equipment to the project in Zhangjiakou. In smart grid construction, the stability of the power grid is influenced by the integration of power generated from intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. ABB solutions can monitor the real-time voltage of the power grid and control the active and reactive power, helping the battery and other energy storage equipment store and release power smoothly by adjusting the frequency and voltage., and ensuring the stable interconnection of power stored in the battery and that consumed by the grid. It enables smooth interaction with the grid, while improving operational quality, reliability, and overall performance. When experiencing a shortfall in grid power, ABB solutions help to transmit the power stored in the battery to the gird; and when the power in the grid has a surplus, ABB solutions help to store the excess power for future use.

ABB’s PCS100 ESS equipment offers high reliability and efficiency. It features a modular design, flexible configuration, and easy upgrade. The solution limits power loss in AC-DC power conversion to less than 3%, top in the industry. When a grid fault occurs, it can provide emergency backup power to minimize negative impact.

This new energy project is in Zhangbei county, Hebei province, and was jointly launched by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Energy Bureau, and the State Grid Corporation of China. It is a key project of China’s Golden Sun PV Solar Pilot Project. Started in May 2010, it boasts 500MW of wind power and 100MW of solar power, with a 110MW energy storage capacity, total land coverage of 200 square kilometers, and a total investment of 12 billion RMB. Upon completion, it will be China’s largest grid integration PV solar station and its largest land-based wind farm in unit capacity, as well as the world’s largest chemical energy storage station. The project will boast the highest level of intelligence with the most modes of operation in a new energy project of its kind.

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 130,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 18,000 employees, 34 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 80 cities.

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