ABB announces results of 1st university innovation contest

2 teams stand out to win first prize; 6 teams win second prize and 9 teams win third prize

All winners are possible candidates for ABB China internships

Group photo of Qianjin Liu, Chief Technology Officer of ABB China, and Xingang Liu, Head of Power systems division, North Asia & China, with top winners

Beijing, Oct. 12, 2012 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced the results of its first university innovation contest. The team Smart power supply composed of Zhao Biao, Zhao Xiongguang and Ren Li and the other team powerup composed of Han Jinchi, Ding Jianmin and Pan Zhaoguang won top honors for their impressive papers and outstanding defenses. 15 other teams won second and third prizes. The winning papers covered a wide range of topics including wireless power transmission, wind power grid integration and power management in smart homes, and their convincing concept design or even prototype was widely accepted by the review panel.

Professor Yin Zhongdong from North China Electric Power University and a member of the review panel, said at the award ceremony, “ABB is the global technology leader in power and automation. By organizing such a nation-wide innovation contest, ABB is not only providing a professional platform for college students to exchange ideas with experts in the power industry, but also inspiring their enthusiasm for innovation, and expanding their views. In reviewing the submissions, I found great examples of original solutions in the areas of smart grid, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and smart homes. I hope the contest instills a greater appreciation for innovation spurs the students to become a force in the development of China’s power industry.”

Qianjin Liu, Chief Technology Officer of ABB China Limited, explains ABB's innovation culture

Qianjin Liu, ABB China’s Chief Technology Officer, commented: “Innovation is in the DNA of ABB and the source of our competiveness. This innovation contest is intended to create student interest in innovation and to incubate young talent in the power industry, which is highly consistent with both ABB’s policy of driving development with technical innovation and our “In China, for China and the world” strategy. We plan to open more channels of communication with students in the future to further promote innovation and development in the power and automation industries.”

ABB’s first university innovation contest, officially launched on May 14, 2012, was open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. ABB leveraged social media to precisely target students majoring in related fields, and established a contest platform to share innovative ideas and promote the event. The contest attracted the participation of more than 3,000 students from almost 500 universities across China and more than 200 submissions were received.

Group photo of some finalists

With its entrance into China, ABB has been dedicated to talent and technology localization and has invested heavily to enhance local R&D and innovation. As a significant addition to the R&D team of ABB Group, the China R&D center was set up in Beijing in 2005 to better meet the demands of local customers. In the same year, the Shanghai robotic R&D center was established to develop new robotic technology and products for Asian and global markets, making ABB the sole international company to produce industrial robots in China. In Chongqing, ABB established a global transformer R&D center and UHVDC testing center in 2008 and 2010 respectively, further strengthening its local R&D force and reflecting the company’s commitment to long term development in China. The first ±800kV UHVDC transformer from ABB Chongqing Transformer Company rolled off the line in August 2012 and the world’s fastest palletizing robot, the IRB 460, was designed in 2011 by the local R&D team. ABB has invested over $ 100 million each year in China since 2004 and more than 250 million in footprint and R&D in 2011-2012. ABB has over 2,000 R&D staff and engineers in 20 cities across China.

ABB ( 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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    Contestant Jinchi Han in the paper defense


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