ABB announces University Innovation Contest results

The ABB 2nd University Innovation Contest has concluded, with 3 teams winning the first prize

Claudio Facchin, Head of ABB North Asia, Chairman and President, ABB China
Beijing, September 27, 2013 – ABB, the leading global power and automation technology group, announced today the winners of the ABB 2nd University Innovation Contest in China. The first prize went to Xu Feng from the Zhejiang University, Hong Chaofei from the Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, and Xu Xinan and Bai Fengyi from Xi’an Jiaotong University. 5 teams won the second prize and 10 teams the third prize, respectively.

The contest, themed “Innovation Powers the Future”, invited participants to think creatively and develop future prospects for power and automation technologies with a focus on three conceptual topics: direct current grid, robotic automation, and industrial application of smart phones. Nearly 2,000 students from 287 universities signed up for the contest, presenting 132 submissions in total. It was the first time for college students from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau to be invited to participate in the contest. The team from the City University of Hong Kong eventually made it to the finals and won the second prize. The innovative concepts and advanced thinking embodied in their designs were highly applauded by the contest review panels.

Qianjin Liu, Chief Technology Officer, ABB China
Liu Qianjin, Head of ABB China Corporate Research, and Chief Technology Officer of ABB China Limited, said, “Innovation is the key to China’s economic transformation, and has enabled ABB to maintain its competitiveness for a long time. ABB not only regards China as its global research center, but also supports the nurturing of local innovative talent through various platforms. We hope the contest will inspire the students to be more enthusiastic about innovation, while developing more innovative talent for the entire industry.”

SweeSeng Lee, Head of Human Resources, ABB North Asia &China
Swee Seng Lee, Head of Human Resources, ABB North Asia and China, said, “Talent is the cornerstone of ABB’s development. We are paying great attention to developing local people and providing the largest possible stage for them to grow and excel. ABB has engaged in close cooperation with a number of Chinese universities and colleges for a long time, undertaking continuous efforts to discover and train innovative people in the power and automation industries. We hope more and more outstanding Chinese students will join these industries and contribute to the sustainable advancement of the industries.”

With a firm commitment to the localization of technology research, ABB has been increasing its capacity for local research and innovation through continuous investment and footprint optimization. The group established the ABB China Corporate Center in 2005 – one of its 7 global research centers. The Chinese R&D team has achieved a series of accomplishments, including the successful development of IRB 120 – ABB’s smallest robot, and IRB 460 – the fastest palletizing robot in the world, along with door-opening and welding robots for the automotive manufacturing industry.

The local team has also developed the award-winning Welcome Door Entry System and many more future-oriented products, such as the compact gas-insulated switchgear ZX1.5-R SP, TEC ST smart transformer, 550 kilovolt (kV) gas-insulated switchgear, and Ring Main Unit, which is applicable for installation in 90 percent of high-altitude regions in China. In 2012, ABB successfully tested and produced the first ±800kV high-voltage DC transformer at its Chongqing manufacturing base, breaking the record for the highest DC voltage levels that ABB has ever produced in China. In addition, ABB has worked with the State Grid to develop the ±1,100kV converter transformer and has continuously made milestone breakthroughs in the UHVDC field. Today, ABB employs over 2,000 researchers and engineers in 20 cities across China.

Contest winners and guests
Cooperation with universities is one of ABB’s important initiatives to develop local talent. It has formed cooperative relationships with many universities, such as Tsinghua University, Beihang University, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Zhejiang University, Tongji University, Beijing Jiaotong University, North China Electric Power University, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, and Xiamen University of Technology. Through many programs, including joint research and labs, ABB scholarships and regular seminars, ABB has not only introduced advanced technologies and industrial experience to these universities, but has also provided joint training for students in an endeavor to innovate cutting-edge industrial technologies.

ABB University Innovation Contest was inaugurated in 2012. The theme of the first contest was “Power of Innovation” and the winning papers covered a wide range of topics including wireless power transmission, wind power grid integration and power management in smart homes. 17 teams won the top three prizes last year. This second contest was officially launched on May 13, 2013.

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 19,000 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 90 cities.

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