ABB deepens scientific research cooperation with XI’AN Jiaotong University

Advancing researches on DC interruption technologies

ABB signed a two-year cooperation agreement today with Xi'an Jiaotong University, according to which ABB will carry out researches on DC interruption technologies together with Xi’an Jiaotong University. Doctor Liu Qianjin, Head of ABB Corporate Research Center in China and Chief Technology Officer of ABB (China) Limited, and Professor Rong Mingzhe, Vice-Principal of Xi’an Jiaotong University and Deputy-Director of the State Key Lab, attended the signing ceremony.

Xi’an Jiaotong University is a key university directly under China’s Ministry of Education and one of the first accredited universities under “Project 211” and “Project 985”, boasting rich technologies in the power equipment field. Professor Rong Mingzhe is one of the first experts who carried out researches on DC interruption technologies in China, with research directions in basic theories, optimized design and operation evaluation related to switching devices as well as discharge plasma and its application.

Professor Rong Mingzhe said, “ABB is a global leader in the power field, as well as an important partner of Xi’an Jiaotong University in advancing industry-university-research cooperation. DC technologies not only show excellent technological and economic performance in high voltage transmission, but also enjoy huge potential in medium and low voltage fields. ABB has obvious advantages in new energy network integration and data centers. We hope to jointly advance the development, promotion and application of DC technologies through the cooperation and complementation of advantages between our two sides.”

As a global leader in the power industry, ABB pioneered HVDC technology as early as six decades ago. It has been awarded over 110 HVDC projects across the globe. In 2012, ABB launched the hybrid HVDC breaker, which combined very fast mechanics with power electronics, and was capable of ‘interrupting’ power flows equivalent to the output of a large power station within 5 milliseconds--thirty times faster than the blink of a human eye. The breakthrough removed a 100-year-old barrier to the development of DC transmission grids which enabled the efficient integration and exchange of renewable energy and laid the foundation for the construction of HDVC power grids.

Doctor Liu Qianjin said, “Collaborating with universities on scientific researches is ABB’s long-term commitment to China, as well as an important way for ABB to advance local innovation and talent cultivation. ABB has established sound cooperation with Xi’an Jiaotong University for many years. We are glad to further expand the cooperation and explore frontier technologies in the power field. In the future, we’ll set up scientific research cooperation with more universities and jointly contribute to industrial progress and the ‘Created in China’ initiative’.”

The cooperation between ABB Corporate Research Center in China and Xi’an Jiaotong University started in 2005. Over the past five years, ABB has provided nearly RMB 4 million on a cumulative basis to support the basic researches of Xi’an Jiaotong University in such fields as the “Protection solution for grid with large-scale wind power”, “Power transformer thermal model improvement and load promotion scheme”, “Research on experimental study on GIS diagnosis & risk assessment method” and “Investigation on the breakdown mechanism in polyethylene based nanocomposites”, which have produced fruitful results. The agreement signed this time will take bilateral cooperation to a brand-new research level.

The cooperation is also an epitome of ABB’s efforts to advance technological innovation together with Chinese universities in recent years. So far, ABB has carried out cooperation of different scientific research projects with more than 20 universities and scientific research institutes, including Zhejiang University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Tsinghua University and South China University of Technology, with the subjects of cooperation covering forward-looking technologies, including integration of new energy, electric vehicle charging, industrial application of nano-technologies as well as development and application of industrial robots. In 2016, ABB signed a three-year cooperation agreement with Huazhong University of Science and Technology, which provided RMB1.8 million for the development of topology and hardware in power and electronic fields.

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.



  • Grace Nan