Earth Hour: ABB uses smart technology to help the Earth “lighten up”

  • ABB drive products help domestic customers save enough electricity to power Beijing for more than two years
  • In 2013 alone, ABB high efficiency motors helped domestic customers save 410 million kWh of electricity, enough to power 150,000 homes for an entire year
  • Beijing, March 29, 2014 – As the 2014 Earth Hour “Blue" campaign approaches, ABB has announced the latest energy-saving figures of its star products. By the end of 2013, ABB drive products helped domestic customers save up to 201 billion kWh, which is equivalent to more than two years of Beijing's electricity consumption.

    Drive products are just one of the "energy-saving experts" at ABB. As a global pioneer in the field of energy efficiency, ABB power and automation has always been committed to smart energy saving technology to help customers improve energy utilization, reduce environmental impact and create a better world with power and productivity.

    In the power sector, ABB’s leading HVDC technology provides support in achieving long-range electricity transmission with minimal losses. In April last year, ABB announced that it would provide core components like the converter transformer, DC filter capacitor and converter valve for the world's largest capacity HVDC transmission line, the Xiluodu-Zhexi ±800 kV HVDC transmission line. The amount of clean hydroelectricity transmitted over this route every year is the equivalent of eight large power plants with enough capacity to meet the electricity needs of 20% of the population in Zhejiang Province.

    With low-losses and high-efficiency, the amorphous alloy transformer provided by ABB can help customers reduce overall power consumption compared with traditional distribution transformers. In the past two years ABB has offered this product, domestic customers have achieved an annual saving of 17.5 million kWh, equivalent to the electricity needs of more than 6,000 families in Beijing.

    In addition, ABB's power and automation solutions help many central heating and cooling projects in China reduce CO2 emissions and improve air quality. In 2013, ABB's flagship Symphony Plus automation system was installed in a new central heating project in Shuozhou, Shanxi. Each year, the system is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 2.88 million tons. That same amount of CO2 would take a forest the size of 11 regulation football fields an entire year to absorb.

    Aside from drive products, ABB also has electric vehicle charging technology, high efficiency motors, robotics and automation products, and many other products and solutions that can boost energy efficiency.

    It’s common knowledge that vehicle exhaust is an important factor in air pollution. With leading technology and global experience in the field of electric vehicle charging, ABB actively participates in the construction of China's electric vehicle charging network and promotes the development of sustainable urban transport, thus improving the environment and air quality. Earlier this year, ABB announced cooperation with BYD Daimler New Technology Company (BDNT), providing DENZA’s first pure electric vehicle with wall-mounted DC chargers and remote mobile applications. Together, ABB and BDNT are helping China to promote zero-emission vehicles.

    In 2013 alone, ABB’s high-efficiency motors helped domestic customers save 410 million kWh of electricity, which is enough to power nearly 150,000 homes for one year. The power saved by these high efficiency motors is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 400,000 tons. It would take more than 2,640 acres of forest—or 1.5 Olympic Forest Parks—an entire year to fully absorb that much CO2.

    "Blue skies belong to everyone, but they also require everyone’s efforts." ABB actively encourages employees to take actions on "Earth Hour", the world's largest environmental volunteer activity. On March 29 (Saturday) from 20:30-21:30, ABB called on approximately 19,000 employees in China to turn off the lights for one hour and spend that time with family in a low-carbon environmentally-friendly way. On the day of the event, more than 200 volunteers from ABB went to Pinggu District to plant trees, adding some more green to the environment.

    Han Yu, Head of Sustainability Affairs for ABB North Asia and China said: "For a long time, the concept of energy saving has been ingrained in ABB's corporate culture. While being deeply committed to reducing energy consumption through technological progress, each employee also pays attention to energy-saving and environmental protection at work and at home. In the future, ABB will continue to support China's actions for sustainable development and environmental protection and work together in the construction of 'beautiful China'."

    "Earth Hour" is a global energy saving activity created by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It calls for individuals, communities, businesses and governments to turn off the lights for one hour during a specific period of time, in order to increase public awareness on energy savings and actively respond to global climate change.

    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 150,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 37 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 109 cities.

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