ABB to power Arbua with microgrid; enable more renewable energy

2017-06-26 - PennEnerg article by Editors of Electric Light & Power/ POWERGRID International  - June 22, 2017
ABB will provide a microgrid to WEB Aruba N.V., the main power utility serving the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.

ABB’s software, automation and control technologies will help WEB Aruba integrate solar and wind energy, forecast and plan better and optimize operations in real-time, while meeting Aruba’s growing demand for electricity.

The island is 51 miles long and 16 miles across its widest point. It has a land area of 288 square miles and a population of about 103,000 inhabitants.

A popular tourism destination, Aruba has a peak demand of 134 MW currently met by a mix of thermal, wind and solar photovoltaic generation. The utility has set a goal to generate half its annual average energy supplied from renewable energy sources and the other half from alternative fuels by 2020, supporting the government’s vision to become completely fossil-fuel free.

ABB’s microgrid solution allows for integration of a complex energy generation portfolio and maximizes the use of renewable energy, while optimizing operations in real-time. Using 24 hour forecasts of both renewable output and system load, the system will help plan operations and adjust dispatch in real-time to accommodate changes in renewable output, load or generation availability. This leads to a more automated grid.

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