ABB Showcase Leading-edge Power Distribution Technologies at CIRED

ABB presented some of its leading power technologies at the CIRED conference and exhibition being held in Stockholm earlier this month.

CIRED is a biennial event and provides a key platform for the discussion of global trends, technologies and future developments in the electricity distribution sector, with delegates attending from all over the world. In addition to presenting a number of technical papers, ABB exhibited a range of products that enable a stronger and smarter power network.

A focal point was the showcasing of UniGear Digital which combines medium voltage air-insulated switchgear with an innovative solution for protection, control, measurement and digital communication to enable a safe, flexible, eco-efficient and smart electrical network that can deliver power reliably and efficiently. Enabled with IEC 61850 communication protocol, UniGear Digital’s advanced design and components help reduce resources and minimize environmental impact.

Also on display was the new SafeRing Air portfolio using ‘dry air’ as the insulation medium for applications up to 12 kV. The switchgear design is based on a completely sealed system with a stainless steel tank containing all live parts and switching functions. SafeRing Air is the arguably the most compact solution of its kind, making it ideal for use in compact secondary substations, light industry, building and infrastructure applications, among others.

ABB also showcased the latest developments in grid and network automation and distribution management addressing areas like fault management, outage response and reporting and network planning. Other exhibits included an active arcing fault protection system for dry-type transformers – or an Ultra-Fast Earthing Switch (UFES) that enhances safety and prevents serious damage caused by high pressure build up when an arcing faults occurs in an electrical installation.

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