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ABB prepares Himalayas substations for smart grid vision

Steve Rogerson
August 29, 2017



ABB will upgrade 20 substations in India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh in the foothills of the western Himalayas. They will be equipped with the latest control and protection technology to enable future digitalisation.
 
The order, placed by the local state utility Himachal Pradesh Electricity Board, supports India’s smart grid vision and the government’s ambition to provide reliable power to the country’s most remote regions.
 
“We are pleased to support India’s smart grid vision that is vital to meeting its vast and growing electricity needs by providing our latest digital solutions to increase automation and improve the reliability of power supply,” said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s grid automation business. “It exemplifies our commitment to bring reliable power to the people and reinforces our position as a partner of choice in enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”
 
ABB will deploy its Relion electronic relays for the protection, control, measurement and supervision of power systems at all 20 substations. Six of the substations will also be equipped with ABB’s MicroScada supervisory control and data acquisition system, which will ensure the control and reliable operation of the substation through seamless integration and connectivity between different devices and systems. Both products are a part of the company’s Ability portfolio and will help turn data insights into actionable intelligence.
 
A digital substation is a key component to enabling a smarter grid. Digital communications via fibre optic cables replace traditional copper connections using analogue signals, increasing safety, flexibility and availability, while reducing cost, risk and environmental impact. Built on the IEC 61850 standard, ABB’s digital substations are said to bring increased reliability, interoperability and real-time performance.
 
ABB has played an integral part in the development of India’s power infrastructure. For example, the Swiss company recently commissioned the Khandukhal substation in the foothills of the Himalayas, which evacuates power generated from rivers in Uttarakhand and integrates it with the national grid.
 
Continuing a more than 125-year history, ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.