Shaping a reliable and smarter grid

2013-04-10 - At the recently held Gridtech 2013 exhibition in Delhi, ABB showcased a wide range of technologies that address the entire energy value chain, paving the way for a ‘Better India’.
ABB’s wide-ranging portfolio of power systems and products attracted many customers. Those with land acquisition and right of way (ROW) issues acknowledged the potential of high voltage gas-insulated switchgear and hybrid switchgear (PASS), both of which have extremely low space requirements and high reliability.

Technology highlights at ABB stall

    • Live demo to demonstrate the functionality of Switchsync™ through a kit developed indigenously, using real electrical components, scaled down to low voltage level to eliminate harmful transients in the current
    • SVC model to illustrate the configuration of a Static Var Compensator used for voltage regulation, stability and increase in power transfer capability
    • HVDC Light® model to present the configuration, topology and size of a HVDC light station Sample to display how the HVDC Light cable is designed smaller in both weight and diameter
    • Current progress on NE Agra, the world’s largest project for HVDC Classic technology for long distance bulk transmission of power
    • 3D modeling of the Agra converter station

The topic of indigenization struck a chord with customers in the power industry, where many products are imported, raising costs astronomically. ABB’s PQC Statcon – developed in India for India and the globe – is being used by industry customers to achieve significant power savings.

Papers presented by ABB in the International Colloquium on Ultrahigh Voltage in association with CIGRE included development of the 1200 kV transformer, challenges and solutions in the development and testing of EHV/UHV monitoring devices, design and development of mixed technology switchgear (MTS) for UHV applications and accurate I2t evaluation for HV circuit breakers, and contact erosion.

The three day international exhibition cum conference was inaugurated by P Uma Shankar, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India. Apart from the exhibition, more than 80 technical papers were presented on various facets of power systems, like 1200 kV, 800 kV, HVDC, Voltage Source Converter, GIS, Synchronophasor measurement, WAMS, smart grid, renewables, distribution and the electricity market.