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ABB Contact 3/12 ABB in South Africa Issue

  1. 1. 3 | 12 contact The customer magazine of ABB in India, Middle East & AfricaEnergy efficiency – doing morewith lessWhy energy efficiency? 06Using energy more efficiently is critical to business and national competitivenessABB solves 100-year-old electrical engineering puzzle 16New technology to enable future DC grid
  2. 2. Contents 19 Another European port goes green Shore-to-ship solution for Ystad port in Sweden06 Why energy efficiency? Using energy more efficiently is critical to 10 Case study on energy efficiency enables e-learning 16 business and national competitiveness Sustainability course cites award-winning Longmeadow center ABB solves 100-year-old electrical engineering puzzle New technology to enable future DC gridcontact 3|12 Dear friends, Globally, nations are tasked with finding made in the field of energy efficiency. News ABB South Africa signs a pledge to improve energy efficiency in operations solutions for our ever-increasing energy It was with a sense of sadness that I 04 Expanding the Saudi power grid demands. Energy-efficient services, recently announced that I will be leaving Big boost for South Africa’s renewable products and processes are proving to ABB South and Southern Africa to take program For a better world be cost-effective methods for decreasing up the mantle of Country Manager for the 05 Automation solutions to support surge in 18 Egypt becomes regional export hub for energy consumption while lowering United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Cluster power industry African markets environmental impact. Manager, Southern Gulf (UAE, OMAN, India service tie-up with SAIL Knowledge and manufacturing capabilities Qatar) and Pakistan. of ABB in Egypt are to be extended to 22 According to the International Energy Agency, improved energy efficiency Even as I take this step, I reflect on the Energy efficiency countries in the African subcontinent in buildings, industrial processes and transportation could reduce the world’s amazing 20 years of growing with ABB in Southern Africa. I will miss all of the 11 Taking the motor world by storm ABB’s synchronous reluctance motor and Product news energy needs in 2050 by one-third. friends I have made during this time. drive voted Europe’s automation product of 20 Just launched Carlos Pone the year What’s in the basket of new product offerings?CEO, ABB in South Africa ABB is not new to this kind of thinking, I wish you all well. 12 University lighting solution wins Sub-Regional Manager, SouthernAfrica we have invested in technology that promotes the efficient use of energy with Best regards, international award Energy-efficient lighting and heat protection for In focus long term financially viable results and we an eight-square-kilometer campus 22 Innovative marine propulsion continuously look for innovative solutions 13 Cutting the cost of wastewater treatment Breaking the ice by employing best energy management MV drives reduce energy consumption by practices. Carlos Pone more than 1 million kilowatt-hours a year 14 Leading by example In this issue of Contact, we feature Longmeadow, South Africa, wins national significant contributions that ABB has recognition with Eta energy efficiency award 15 Commitment to national energy efficiency Contact 3|  1 2 • Customer news magazine from ABB • copyright 2012 • web: • email: • Publisher: ABB Group leadership • Layout: Shilahar Associates, Bangalore, India 2 contact 3 | 12 contact 3 | 12 3
  3. 3. News NewsExpanding the Saudi In brief Automation solutions to support surge in powerpower grid ABB opens office in Maputo industry Head of global markets and a member of the Executive Committee, Frank Duggan, Carlos Pone, CEO ABB South Africa and Country Manager, Paulo David officially inaugurated the new premises. Contact: 266 Avenue We won an order worth $13 million to controllers in a controlled environment at Zedequias Manganhela, supply 63 medium voltage induction the local facility in Alberton, South Africa. +258 21 320 195/6. motors ranging from 375 kilowatts (kW) “Urbanization and economicOrders, worth around $170 million, were faithful every year. The substation deploys urban areas. Saudi Arabia has among the to 10 megawatts (MW) to Eskom power development in emerging markets is fuellingbooked to execute substation projects for our compact and robust gas-insulated highest residential electricity consumption plants in South Africa, including Duvha, the demand for increased maintenance atthe Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), the switchgear (GIS) technology, and will be in the world. The country is executing Riding the metro Hendrina, Kriel, Lethabo, Matla and Kendal. various power plants,” said Carlos Pone,country’s national power transmission and accommodated in a multi-storied building. an ambitious Ninth Development Plan The scope of the contract entails CEO, ABB in South Africa. Our motors meetdistribution operator. Its considerably smaller footprint is ideally (2010-2014) aimed at raising its installed On his visit to India, Group CEO, the design, manufacturing, testing and the highest standards of efficiency and The design, supply, installation and suited to tight spaces. power generation capacity by more than Joe Hogan caught a ride in the delivery of state-of-the-art equipment. reliability and have the structural integritycommissioning of a substation will help International Monetary Fund (IMF) 20 gigawatts (GW) to reach around 72 pride of Bangalore, the newly The upgrade of the existing motors will to maintain high levels of the increased demand for electricity estimates population increase from 28 GW by 2014. started metro service from MG commence in September 2012 and the Reliability of equipment is crucial in projectsin and around the central pilgrimage area million to approximately 37 million by For more information: Road to Byapanahalli. Earlier this expected completion is September 2013. of such magnitude, as every kilowatt ofof Makkah, which hosts millions of the 2020, with nearly 85 percent living in year, the Bangalore Metro project To encourage skills development and parasitic consumption saved, becomes team from ABB received an award localization, we will train twenty-five another kilowatt that can be sold. from BMRCL for successfully apprentices, boiler makers, welders, fitters, For more information: boost for South Africa’s completing one million safe man-hours. armature winders, turners and qualityrenewable program Mega project India service tie-up with SAILIn December 2012, ABB booked orders inauguration SAIL, one of India’s largest steelworth around $225 million to supply two manufacturers, operates 10 steel plants,turnkey photovoltaic (PV) power plants In January 2013, jointly with Al five of which are Integrated Steel Producers.for the northern province of Limpopo in Futtaim Group, Carillion and El It is currently in the process of modernizingSouth Africa. Sewedy Cables, ABB in Egypt and expanding its plants, extensively Located at the Witkop (33 MW) and celebrated the inauguration of the adopting state-of-the-art technologies,Soutpan (31 MW) Solar Parks, they are Cairo Festival City mixed urban and requiring re-deployment of a largeamong the first utility-scale PV power plants development substation in New part of its be built in phase 1 of the South African Cairo. Top officials from Egypt’s Over a period of two years, we will traingovernment’s long-term renewable energy Ministry of Electricity were present about 4,000 employees across the various critical applications.program. at the event. The air-insulated plants of SAIL. The training will be conducted mostly at The power generated from these switchgear substation rated at 100 This will facilitate SAIL in developing SAIL plants, as well as ABB locations, andplants will be fed into the high-voltage megavolt ampere, helps secure and enhancing technical competency, to will cover a wide portfolio. For improvedtransmission grid via a new high-voltage dioxide emissions a year. climate change," said Carlos Pone, CEO, reliable power supplies to the mega adapt and maximize returns on deployed training effectiveness, the modules aresubstation. Together, the plants will "We are delighted to be part of these ABB South Africa. project. technologies. ABB has a huge installed developed to include theoretical and hands-generate enough clean energy to power solar PV projects which will help promote For more information: base of products, systems and solutions on exercises using specially designedaround 36,000 South African homes and the energy mix and contribute to the across all SAIL plants, measuring, training kits/simulators.displace around 130,000 tons of carbon countrys international obligations on controlling and optimizing many process- For more information: contact 3 | 12 contact 3 | 12 5
  4. 4. Energy efficiency Energy efficiencyWhy energyefficiency?Using energy more efficiently is critical tobusiness and national competitiveness.It’s also the fastest, most effective way toprotect our environment by breaking thelink between economic development andclimate change.W e have been in the energy Nine percent of all the electricity business for over 120 years generated worldwide is lost in transmission and ABB technologies are and distribution. Flexible AC transmission used along the entire energy systems (FACTS) enable more power tovalue chain, from the extraction of resources travel over existing networks, which isand their transformation into electricity, critical in dense urban areas.liquefied natural gas or refined petroleum And, ABB high voltage direct currentproducts, to their efficient end use in (HVDC) electrical transmission and Mechanical hoist drum at Totten mine, Sudbury,industry, transportation and buildings. high-efficiency power and distribution Ontario, Canada – equipped with energy- efficient drives from ABB transformers reduce power losses over Improving energy efficiency has the we have learned that energy savings of 5Utilities great distances. This can help integrate to 35 percent can often be created. Power generation is by far the largest renewable energy from remote locations clearest impact on saving money,energy consuming industry. The efficiency into the grid, or to bring reliable electricity improving business results, and Transportationvaries widely with the fuel and technology to remote mines or offshore platforms. delivering more services for consumers. Innovations for shippingused: in traditional coal-fired plants, only Around 90 percent of world trade isabout 35 percent of fuel consumed is Industry The UN global initiative on Sustainable carried by some 70,000 vessels that makeconverted into electricity. Just six process industries account Energy for All up the international shipping industry. Fuel In addition to high conversion losses, for two-thirds of the global final energy accounts for 30-40 percent of the cost ofpower plants consume on average, 5 consumption: iron and steel, oil and gas, running a cruise ship and between 50-60percent of the electricity they generate. chemical and petrochemicals, non-metallic 2011, the global installed base of ABB percent for most merchant vessels. ABB’sUsing sophisticated control systems and minerals, pulp and paper, and non-ferrous variable speed drives saved some 310 Azipod®, the world’s first rotating propulsionenergy-efficient equipment can reduce metals. Despite significant improvements million megawatt-hours of electricity, the device, fitted to the outside of a ship’s hull,energy consumption by 10 to 30 percent. through energy efficiency, there is still room equivalent of the annual power consumption is now installed on half of all cruise liners We also address thermal energy for ways, which complement rather than of 75 million EU households. built over the past two decades, reducingefficiency of boilers – by automating their change production processes in energy- 2) Through our experts, who help energy consumption of open-water vesselsfuture efficiency, one chemical plant was intensive industries. customers understand where and how they by 5 to 15 to realize $300,000 in energy savings We help customers improve efficiency use energy, and then identify and implement ABB’s experts have worked on someacross four boilers, as well as improved in two ways: opportunities for improvement. Over ten 3,000 marine automation and controlperformance, from a $75,000 investment. 1) Through leading technologies: In years of experience in many industries, systems around the world, which are6 contact 3 | 12 contact 3 | 12 7
  5. 5. Energy efficiency Energy efficiency operated by Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national rail operator, cutting energy by at Interview least 12 percent. This is the first project worldwide involving the exchange of high- speed train converters while leaving all other components of the traction chain Energy efficiency as a and all interfaces unchanged. sustainable, competitive Buildings By 2050 there will be 4.5 billion people in cities around the world, creating an advantage urgent need for infrastructure. Old buildings offer room for improvement, while modern buildings house energy-intensive data Why is energy efficiency such a hot operational benefits. For example, Jim Kelly, head of ABBs global centers and sophisticated air conditioning topic today? improperly tuned boilers not only waste energy efficiency initiative, discusses the potential and the challenges of energy systems. It’s high on the radar of countries energy, but they are often unable to efficiency. ABB’s intelligent building control system, and industries alike because energy respond quickly to changes in steam based on the KNX global open standard, is is increasingly one of our greatest demand – this can hurt product quality increasing efficiency in thousands of new challenges. Security of energy supply and reduce plant throughput. investment, and for management to and existing buildings in more than 60 is a very real problem, from generation have confidence that they will reap the countries, enabling customers to reduce shortfalls to unreliable power So are a lot of companies intended savings. energy consumption by about 50 percent, quality. Businesses in locations with embracing these technologies? with a payback period of between one comparatively high energy prices are We see a big disconnect between How can companies overcome and five years. Three ABB i-bus® KNX- finding it more and more difficult to recognition and action. In an ABB- these obstacles? equipped buildings in Singapore, including compete in a global marketplace. commissioned global survey of top More and more we see operating the region headquarters of Xilinx, Applied At the same time, the world has industrial executives, while about 90 companies turning to partnersDual hoist ship-to-shore cranes – Busan, South Materials Inc, and the Singapore National become intensely aware that we percent acknowledged that energy like ABB who are equally fluent inKorea Library, have won prestigious BCA Green can’t continue meeting the challenge efficiency will be a critical success technology on the plant floor and cash supported and maintained by experts at Mark Platinum awards from the Building of secure, affordable energy only by factor for their business in the flows in the board room. For example, 22 marine service centers. and Construction Authority for their energy adding new carbon-based thermal coming decades, only 40 percent financing is often a critical hurdle and We are also developing a complete suite efficiency. generation capacity. Industrial energy had invested in energy efficiency in requires new approaches such as of software products, known as Smart Annual consumption for heating and efficiency doesn’t command the the past three years and only a performance-based contracts that will Marine Integration (SMI), to monitor, control ventilation can be cut by as much as 45 media attention of solar power or third had undertaken a plant-wide pay for improvements out of operating and optimize every energy consumption percent using very simple methods, such electric cars, but it is a workhorse for energy audit. expenses instead of CAPEX. process during vessel operation. Some as individual room temperature control, tackling climate change. These contracts can include components of it are already available and combined with moderately reducing the How do you account for this gap? guaranteed savings metrics to Finland-based Viking Line, has selected room temperature, or heating control based Are the technologies to create this It really comes down to a lack reduce performance risk. In today’s ABB’s energy management system for a on the outdoor temperature. savings already available? of facts and resources. Many lean operating environment, many new ultra-energy-efficient passenger vessel High-efficiency motors and the Yes. There are a slew of manufacturers simply don’t have manufacturers of course know their that will have almost zero GHG emissions. alternating current (AC) drives used to automation and power solutions transparency as to where and how processes well, but in many cases control them offer further efficiencies as that are well proven. It’s not just the their energy is used, preventing dont have the experts to identify Keeping rail energy usage on track motors consume about 40 percent of a technical features – there is ample optimization. In addition, other and implement energy efficiency Rail is seeing renewed interest as a building’s electricity, and AC drives can evidence of the business benefits. priorities such as quality, productivity improvements themselves. Therefore, sustainable and energy-efficient form of reduce energy consumption in these Naturally there are cost savings, but and safety improvements also place to have a partner who can take you transport, capable of reducing congestion, applications by as much as 80 percent. in addition, companies who learn to demands on both human and capital through the full cycle of identification, emissions and noise. do more while using less energy are resources resulting in energy efficiency evaluation and implementation can We supply components for both rail Putting it all together more competitive overall and enjoy improvements being relegated down often be the difference between a infrastructure and rolling stock, and are Many technologies that improve enhanced reputation. the priority list. worthy project sitting dusty on a shelf, one of very few independent suppliers to energy efficiency are readily available. We’ve also found that, improving This lack of information makes it or realizing meaningful, sustainable offer a complete traction package to rolling However, often, the greatest potential for energy efficiency often provides difficult to build the business case for savings. stock manufacturers. We have solutions savings often lies in the gaps between to transfer power efficiently from grids production processes and functional silos to railways. Our regenerative braking – manufacturing, facilities management, systems capture and store energy that maintenance and support processes such the greatest business benefits, and then For more information: would otherwise be lost, and high-efficiency as electrification, compressed air, steam ensuring their successful implementation. turbochargers boost the performance of and water. This improved ‘energy transparency’ also diesel engines. For this reason, ABB advocates helps build the business case for future In just 13 months we developed a new a holistic approach – understanding efficiency investments, creating a process traction converter to refurbish the first where and how energy is used so you for continuous improvement much like fleet of high-speed InterCityExpress trains can prioritize projects which will bring those for quality and operational excellence.8 contact 3 | 12 contact 3 | 12 9
  6. 6. Energy efficiency Energy efficiency Taking the motor world by storm ABB’s synchronous reluctance motor and drive packages continue to raise interest eleven months after being voted Europe’s automation product of the year. New platform for increasing sustainability awarenessCase study on energyefficiency enables e-learning H igh output SynRM motors (theApproximately 3,000 people learn from our now documented sustainability journey motor on the right in the image Temperature scans from a thermal imaging camera above) provide the same outputthat won us two national awards. as traditional induction motorsC (the motor on the left in the image above) lose to 3,000 business people on the environment and helps identify platform," says Chesney Bradshaw, head that are up to two frame sizes larger – who registered for ‘Greening opportunities such as cost savings, new of sustainability at ABB South Africa. "We thus, enabling smaller, lighter and more Your Business,’ a certified, products, sustainable markets, community assist customers with energy efficiency and cost-efficient pump and fan installations. e-learning sustainability course, goodwill and corporate reputations. work to make our own internal operations And, as they provide double the powerbenefitted from an ABB case study on Hugh Tyrrell requested the case study more sustainable in a world where natural of an induction motor of the same size,the energy efficiency achieved at its head after the center won two national awards for resources and the environment are under this enables increased flow without theoffice, manufacturing and logistics center energy efficiency (the Eta Energy Efficiency unprecedented pressure". need to mechanically modify the system Induction rotor Synchronous reluctance rotorat Longmeadow, Johannesburg. Award and SAPOA Green Building Design The e-learning course is presently being to accept a larger motor. The course is supported by Nedbank, Award). The case study covers the steps updated and the South Africa energy High output SynRM motors are also moreone of the largest banks in South Africa taken to achieve award-winning energy- efficiency case study is being revised so energy-efficient, with 10-20 percent lower an innovative rotor design that has neither “The first SynRM high output motorwith a strong record in sustainability; and efficient and green building performance. online learners from various companies energy losses than those of IE2 induction magnets nor cage, thus virtually eliminating and drive packages are now available forpublishing house BDFM, publishers of Companies have been motivated to throughout South Africa have the latest motors, thus, providing a commercially rotor losses and giving the motor a uniquely pump and fan applications,” says LindaSouth Africas leading business daily, accelerate their learning in sustainability information available to them. competitive alternative to traditional and cool operating temperature. Stenman, ABB product manager for drives.Business Day. The course was initiated because of the challenges of electricity, For more information: other new motor technologies. This in turn reduces the temperature Later we will see the launch of SynRMand authored by Hugh Tyrrell of GreenEdge water and planned carbon taxes, as well of the bearings and extends their service packages designed for IE4 super-premiumCommunications. as their overall corporate responsibility. How is all this possible? life and maintenance intervals. As about efficiency levels that offer even more choice The six-module course introduces "This course is especially useful for “The SynRM integrates the best of two 70 percent of motor failures are related to to variable speed motor users.”companies of any size, in any industry to businesses in the supply chain that dont To access these worlds,” says Ari Tammi, ABB product bearings, the lower bearing temperature For more information: and environmental sustainability. have resources and want to get up to speed manager for motors. “It combines the can prevent unplanned motor stoppages,It helps them measure their environmental with their clients, while also lowering their learning materials performance and efficiency of permanent thereby increasing motor availability andstatus and risks, formulate policy in line with energy and other resource costs," says magnet technology with the simplicity, reliability.legislative requirements and international Tyrrell. Register online at: cost-efficiency and service-friendliness of Not surprisingly, the new SynRM hasenvironmental trends, and place themselves "Its an opportunity for us to contribute induction motors.” generated major market interest, winningon the road to sustainability. to South African business by helping to new/greeningyourbusiness.aspx From the outside, the SynRM looks like Europe’s foremost automation award at It demonstrates how to minimize build sustainability knowledge, skills and a conventional induction motor. But on the the SPS IPC Drives Fair in Germany inthe impact of business operations know-how on this popular e-learning inside, it is nothing like it, instead it uses November 2011.10 contact 3 | 12 contact 3 | 12 11
  7. 7. Energy efficiency Energy efficiency Cutting the cost of wastewater treatment An award-winning ABB MV drive has reduced energy consumption at a US wastewater treatment plant by more than 1 million kilowatt-hours a year. T he ACS 2000 medium voltage time monitoring and diagnostics of the variable speed drive was drive via a wall-mounted PC connected installed in July 2011 and has to the telephone line. achieved some remarkable Once the ACS 2000 was installed, results within its first year of operation at the power consumption of the aeration the City of Beloit Water Pollution Control blower system dropped by more than Facility (WPCF) in Wisconsin, United 30 percent and total plant energy Lighting the largest women’s university in the world States. consumption by 15 percent, which is The facility treats an average of 5.5University lighting solution million gallons (20.8 million liters) of wastewater a day from the city’s 37,000 inhabitants, as well as industrial wastewins international award from local businesses and biological waste from food processing plants. Like many wastewater treatment plants, Beloit uses a conventionalA winning ABB solution for the new Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University in activated sludge process for treating the wastewater. At the heart of thisRiyadh, Saudi Arabia, provides energy-efficient lighting and heat protection across process are the aeration basins in whichan eight-square-kilo meter campus. microorganisms break down the organicT matter in the wastewater. These bacteria he solution was named winner With strong sunlight and temperatures helping to make Princess Nora University require oxygen to survive, which is of the KNX Award 2012 in the of up to 50 degrees Celsius to contend a landmark in energy-efficient building provided by huge aeration blowers that international category for Asia with, sun and heat protection are key control. blow air through diffusers at the bottom earlier this year. It is thought features of our solution. Thousands of Not only does the i-bus reduce building of the be the largest solution ever to use blinds provide protection from the sun’s energy consumption by around 40 percent Aeration blowers typically accountdevices that comply with the global KNX glare and prevent high levels of solar heat compared to technologies that do not use for 50 percent or more of the electricitystandard for energy-efficient home and from entering the buildings. The blinds shift the KNX open standard, it has opened consumed by a wastewater treatmentbuilding automation control. automatically according to the position and the possibility for many of the university plant, and Beloit is no exception. Prior Princess Nora University is the largest strength of the sun, or can be adjusted buildings to apply for green or gold ratings to the installation of the ACS 2000, thewomen’s university in the world. The new manually, resuming their automatic settings within the LEED standards (Leadership in aeration blower system at Beloit WPCFpurpose-built campus opened in January via presence detectors when people leave Energy and Environmental Design) of the was controlled by an inlet throttling valve2011 and accommodates 40,000 students the room. US Green Building Council. – a common solution for blower control,and 12,000 staff. It covers an area of 8 Each building is divided into zones with ABB was selected for the project by the that operates at fixed speed and does Sewage water purification tank – Beloit, Wisconsin, USAsquare kilometers and comprises 800 presence- and daylight-dependent lighting two main construction companies that built not offer the same operating and costbuildings; including classrooms, halls of control. Classrooms and lecture halls are the university, Saudi Oger and SBG, and benefits as variable speed drives. more than 1 million kilowatt-hours (kWh)residence, research centers, recreational equipped with dimming and darkness the two system integrators subcontracted For Beloit WPCF these benefits a year. At an average composite rate ofand sports facilities, a library, a 700-bed control to facilitate presentations, and large to install the solution on the construction are wide-ranging and include soft start $0.62/kWh, the annual savings for thehospital, as well as kindergartens, schools, rooms and halls are divided into smaller companies’ behalf: MTTS and Honeywell capability, ease of installation, direct-to- city of Beloit amount to $75,000.mosques and its own 10-station, driverless, lighting areas to create ambience and save HBS respectively. The KNX award was line (transformer-less) connection to the For more information: metro system. energy. When no one is present in a room, made to MTTS. power supply network, minimal harmonic The ABB i-bus ® KNX solution enables the climate control system automatically Our i-bus KNX solution for the new distortion, non-requirement of medium How does ACS 2000 help save more?the university to automatically and remotely adjusts to eliminate waste of energy, by Terminal 3 building at Delhi Airport was voltage power factor correction, compact Scan to watch the videocontrol lighting and sun protection systems shutting down air conditioning. the previous winner of the biennial KNX and lightweight footprint, short paybackin each of the 800 buildings using one By using lighting control efficiently and Award for ‘International Category – Asia’ time and low total cost of ownership.single interface. A similar i-bus KNX solution by reducing the need for air conditioning in 2010. These benefits are enhanced by ancontrols the lighting in each of the 10 with presence detection and effective For more information: ABB DriveMonitor™ intelligent diagnosticcampus metro stations. sun and heat protection, our solution is system that performs remote and real-12 contact 3 | 12 contact 3 | 12 13
  8. 8. Energy efficiency Energy efficiencyLeading by exampleABB Longmeadow lowers environmental impact for maximum output and winsnational recognition with the Eta energy efficiency award. Minister Peters with Carlos Pone and delegates Commitment to national energy efficiency leadership Longmeadow – a model of energy efficiency Energy Minister, Dipuo Peters recently presented Carlos Pone, CEO and Country Manager of ABB South Africa, with a pledge to improve energy efficiency in ABBsT he ABB Longmeadow was awarded in the industrial category efficiency for corporations around the operations. Headquarters in Modderfontein, for outstanding performance in energy globe. The green building represents an T Johannesburg continues to efficiency and was commended for its investment by the organization to show its showcase energy efficiency energy-efficient building and use of its commitment to a better tomorrow, today. he pledge, presented in International Year of Sustainable Energy Energy efficiency is considered as onebest practice by constantly aiming to own energy-efficient technologies to lower For more information: Johannesburg on September Campaign of the UN Secretary General. of the key solutions to managing energyreduce the amount of energy required environmental impact. 25, is part of the Energy This initiative is supported by three pillars, consumption, reducing greenhouse gasto provide products and render services. The 17,800 meters square of office Efficiency Leadership Network including ensuring universal access to emissions, enhancing energy security andThe head office, manufacturing and space and 22,000 meters square of (EELN). This is a combined initiative modern energy services, doubling the rate improving business competitiveness.logistics center was designed with warehouse and factory are located on an between the National Business Initiative of improvement of energy efficiency and For more information:an impressive depth of research and 80,000 meters square piece of land in the (NBI), working in partnership with doubling the share of renewable energy on design, construction, facilities Longmeadow business estate. The energy- the Department of Energy (DoE) and in the global energy, automation and resource efficient nature of the building encompasses Business Unity South Africa (BUSA). The Minister said the business drive onefficiency to ensure minimal impact on key green building elements, including ABB South Africa joined about 60 other energy efficiency came at an important timethe environment while maximizing the use solar panels, a grey water recycling leading South African businesses, who as the South African government was on aof energy through innovative solutions. system, energy-efficient lighting and the voluntarily committed to energy efficiency roadshow to intensify its energy efficiency The building has won a prestigious maximization of natural light in both the through the EELN. on campaign for the country. She said taxenergy efficiency award in the industrial offices and the factory. Minister Peters commended these allowances would be introduced for largecategory of the Eta energy efficiency awards The windows are coated with film and businesses for voluntarily committing to energy efficiency investments for upgrades,sponsored by national utility, Eskom, in they have louvers which create shade in the energy efficiency pledge to improve expansions and new facilities.association with the Department of Energy. order to help reduce energy loss from energy efficiency in their operations. Pone said, "We are very pleased toThe awards were created to commend the air-conditioning system. The building The EELN, launched in December support this energy efficiency leadershipcorporates that are making strides in is insulated, which further supports the last year at Cop 17 in Durban has 58 initiative. We have participated in thereducing their carbon footprint while minimum loss of energy. Temperature is signed up members, which includes the National Energy Efficiency Accord sincerecognizing superior performance, creativity controlled through the innovative use of Department of Energy. It is expected that 2006 and look forward to playing a leadingand innovation in energy efficiency. our drives which ultimately reduce the more government departments will also role in championing energy efficiency to The award was given to three consumption of energy. Rainwater is sign up to show their commitment to saving our customers and within ABB."organizations that were nominated in the collected and attenuation tanks are used energy. The National Energy Efficiency CampaignNational Energy Accord category run by the to irrigate indigenous landscaped gardens. Minister Peters said the South African is aimed at all South African energyNational Business Initiative for outstanding ABB in South Africa has certainly government was running an energy consumers and businesses in particularperformance in energy efficiency. ABB established itself as a model of energy efficiency campaign in line with the 2012 to reduce energy consumption.14 contact 3 | 12 contact 3 | 12 15
  9. 9. For a better world For a better world R ecently, ABB announced a The logical next step is to connect the breakthrough in the ability to lines and optimize the network. We are interrupt direct current, solving already working on the construction of a 1 0 0 - y e a r- o l d e l e c t r i c a l multi-terminal systems and the latest DC engineering puzzle and paving the way breaker innovation is a major step in the for a more efficient and reliable electricity evolution of HVDC grids. In parallel to the supply system. new hybrid breaker development, we have After years of research, we have an established HVDC grid simulation center developed the world’s first circuit breaker developing solutions for future DC overlay for high voltage direct current (HVDC). grid operations. It combines very fast mechanics with Fast, reliable and nearly zero-loss HVDC power electronics, and will be capable of breakers and current limiters based on the ‘interrupting’ power flows equivalent to hybrid HVDC breaker concept have been the output of a large power station within verified at component and system levels at 5 milliseconds – that is thirty times faster ABB’s high-power laboratories in Sweden than the blink of a human eye. and Switzerland, for HVDC voltages up to The breakthrough removes a 100-year- 320 kilovolt (kV) and rated currents of 2.6 old barrier to the development of DC kiloampere (kA). Thus, HVDC grids can now transmission grids, which will enable be planned. The next step is to deploy the the efficient integration and exchange breaker in a real HVDC transmission line to of renewable energy. DC grids will also test under continuous full load conditions. improve grid reliability and enhance the capability of existing alternating current How does hybrid HVDC breaker work? (AC) networks. We are in discussions with Scan here power utilities to identify pilot projects for the new development. “ABB has written a new chapter in the history of electrical engineering,” said Joe Hogan, CEO of ABB. “This historical breakthrough will make it possible to build DC Breaker – why we need it the grid of the future. Overlay DC grids will be able to interconnect countries and – Fast and reliable continents, balance loads and reinforce – Isolates faults the existing AC transmission networks.” – Clears faults in milliseconds The Hybrid HVDC breaker development – Prevents collapse of common HVDC grid voltageABB solves 100 has been a flagship research project for – Minimizes disturbances in converter operation our company, which invests over $1 billion annually in R&D activities. The breadth AC grids vs DC grids of our portfolio and unique combination of in-house manufacturing capability for – High active power conduction – Relatively low active poweryear old electrical power semiconductors, converters and losses conduction losses high voltage cables (key components of – Reactive power conduction – Zero reactive power HVDC systems) were distinct advantages losses conduction losses in the new puzzle HVDC technology is needed to facilitate the long distance transfer of power from hydropower plants, the integration of offshore wind power, the development of visionary solar projects, and the interconnection of different power networks. ABB pioneered HVDC nearly 60 years agoDevelopment of a DC breaker for high voltage transmission will and continues to be a technology driver and market leader with many innovationshelp shape the grid of the future. and developments. With over 70 HVDC projects, our company accounts for around half the global installed base, representing an installed capacity of more than 60,000 megawatts (MW). Deployment of HVDC has led to an increasing number of point-to-point connections in different parts of the world.16 contact 3 | 12 contact 3 | 12 17
  10. 10. For a better world For a better world Another European port goes green Ystad, one of Sweden’s fastest growing cargo and ferry terminals installs an ABB shore-to-ship power connection that enables it to use shore-side electricity while in port, thereby reducing noise pollution and cutting CO2 emissions by 98 percent. shore-side power connection for the Swedish port of Gothenburg in 2000. Since then, we have provided ports throughout Asia and Europe with shore- to-ship solutions, the most recent of which – prior to Ystad – was inaugurated in July Setting standards in manufacturing excellence this year at the Hoek of Holland in the Netherlands.Egypt becomes regional We also supply turnkey shipside solutions for shore-side power connections, and have provided solutions for all typesexport hub for African markets of vessels worldwide, including container ships, bulk carriers, liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, cruise liners and floating storage and off-loading (FSO) vessels.Knowledge and manufacturing capabilities of ABB in Egypt are to be extended to For more information: countries in the African subcontinent.N aji Jreijiri, CEO, ABB Egypt Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Ain Shams Universities in the research Ystad shore-to-ship and Central Africa spoke about Somalia, South Sudan and Togo. and development of new technologies and the growing influence of our Our company has been present in applications. Eliminating CO2 emissions at the Port of Ystad installation wins presence in Egypt, "Plans Egypt since 1926 and started its first Over the past few decades, we have environmental award Lare in place to build on the knowledge manufacturing facility in 1979. Recently, successfully executed thousands ofand manufacturing capability within our further investments in Egypt include projects in Egypt. Recent successes ocated on the southern tip of designed ABB substation equipped with On September 27, the port ofEgyptian operations so that ABB can dry type transformers production line, include a turnkey substation to power the Sweden on the Baltic coast, powerful frequency converters. Ystad was awarded Sweden’sundertake larger projects in the African secondary switchgear – UniSec assembly new Cairo Festival City mixed-use urban Ystad is Sweden’s fifth largest With a power rating of 6.25 megavolt foremost marine environmentalcontinent". line, CSS – UniPac production line (under development, the third special KNX award port, handling some 3,500 amperes (MVA), the frequency converters award by Maritime Forum, “for To this end, we increased the production construction). In addition, a robot was nomination at the Light and Building Fair sailings annually, including daily ferry are the most powerful in operation at any investing in a flexible shore-to-capacity of our Medium Voltage and added in the sheet metal workshop. Since in Frankfurt, Germany’s KNX Top Event services to Poland and Denmark, as well shore-to-ship installation in the world. ship solution for both 50 and 60Transformer factories in Egypt by adding 2007, ABB in Egypt has been recognized for our contribution to the Family Park as cruise ships in the summer and cargo They convert the power from 50 Hz, the Hz. The solution minimizes thenew assembly lines for the Compaq through international quality certification project in New Cairo City. Most recently, vessels all year round. standard grid frequency in Europe, to the shipside investment requirementssubstation and Ring Main Units. In addition, including ISO 9001: 2008, 14001: 2004, we have been awarded a prestigious and Thanks to a strong and ambitious 60 Hz load frequency at which most vessels for shipping companies, whilea new painting line and assembly facility for and OHSMS 18001. high profile project to provide the Grand investment program, the port has enjoyed operate. From the substation, the power is improving the environment for thethe transformer factory was commissioned. The Head Office is based in Cairo Egyptian Museum with all electrification double-digit growth in tonnage over the transferred via high voltage underground port’s immediate surroundings.”To cover the market and generate demand with a branch office in Alexandria and 5 infrastructure. past three years – one of the few ports cables to shore-side cranes that connectopportunities for our factories, our manufacturing facilities that occupy one- Now we have a wider role in providing to grow in the current economic climate. the cables to the vessels.resources in sales and services have also tenth of Ramadan City and are spread over reliable power and automation products Part of that forward-looking program is a Our solution has a unique flexibility, inbeen increased by more than one hundred an area of 100,000 square meters and and solutions tested in and built to bid to become the region’s greenest port that it adapts both the voltage level and Efficient shore-to-ship solutions – apersons in all to commence operations employ 1,500 people. In Egypt we also have withstand the harshest conditions. Our long by equipping all its berths with shore-side frequency to match those of each vessel Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon and Ivory a Free Zone assembling unit for export, a experience ensures that all our products power connections. – enabling multiple vessels to be powered Scan here to watch the video.Coast. Regional Engineering Center and Machines are manufactured to meet the needs of Local partner, Processkontroll Elektriska, simultaneously at the port, regardless of The focus will be on 22 African countries: Service Workshop in Al Obour City and a the local markets, now inclusive of Africa, selected us to provide a turnkey shore-to- any differences in the ships’ voltage levelBenin, Burkina Faso, Central African turbocharging service center in Suez. ABB and that they comply with all national and ship solution for all five berths at the port. or system frequency.Republic, Cameroon, Chad, Côte dIvoire, University in Egypt provides high quality international standards. We designed, engineered, supplied and built ABB pioneered shore-to-ship technologyDjibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, training on our products, processes and For more information: the entire solution, which feeds electricity at the beginning of the millennium byGuinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, applications. We also collaborate with Cairo from the local power grid to a specially delivering the world’s first high voltage18 contact 3 | 12 contact 3 | 12 19