ABB wins smart technology award in India

2017-03-15 - Symphony Plus total plant automation system wins innovation award for helping restore in record time a vital energy source to Bengaluru, India’s “Silicon Valley”

ABB has won one of India’s most prestigious awards for innovation in intelligent power grids: the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) Innovation Award for Smart Technology of the Year 2016. ISGF is an Indian government initiative to accelerate smart grid deployment across the country, having evolved as a think tank of global repute on smart grids and smart cities. The award was held during India Smart Grid Week on March 9 in New Delhi.

ABB was awarded the prize for a unified automation system, part of a critical restoration project at the 1,035 megawatt Sharavathi hydropower plant in Karnataka state, southwest India. The award is significant testimony to ABB’s commitment to help digitalize India and support the government’s push for 24x7 reliable power for all, with focus on smart power infrastructure.

Sharavathi is the largest hydro power plant of Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL) contributing 30% of generation and a key source of energy for Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), the country’s third largest city and global information technology hub, often referred to as “India’s Silicon Valley.” Bengaluru is also home to ABB’s headquarters in India, where more than 1,550 ABB engineers and technologists work across the entire power chain, helping power producers operate their plants in a more optimal and reliable way.

Sharavathi’s owners, Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL), the state-owned electric utility, expected the renovation of its second largest generating station to take two years. Working round the clock, the ABB team with support from KPCL management, helped restore the entire plant – comprising ten units - in just six months.

“We are delighted to receive this important award for our unified automation system,” says Kevin Kosisko, managing director of ABB’s power generation and water business. “The solution enables KPCL to reap the full benefits of digitalization, which the seamless integration of all plant data in a unified automation system makes possible.”

Based on Symphony® Plus, ABB’s flagship automation system for the power generation and water industries, the solution seamlessly integrates the plant’s generating processes and electrical systems using the IEC61850 protocols into a common control system with advanced alarm management and remote communication with the state power grid and KPCL headquarters. Hence, all the data from digitalized process equipment and electrical systems are available at both plant and remote level.

Symphony Plus allows operators to monitor and control the entire plant from a single screen, either on-site or by remote. Typically, the generating and electrical systems in a hydropower plant are controlled by separate systems, which means higher costs, more maintenance and less efficiency.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.