The eVD4 Breaker Introduced to North America

2013-01-18 - After a successful product launch at Automation & Power World 2012, the eVD4 breaker is introduced to North America.
The Medium Voltage Power Products group in North America (Lake Mary, FL) provides an innovative solution to the OEM market with a circuit breaker capable of carrying out the breaking, measurement, protection, control, and communication functions with a single device.

(From left to right): Walter Sinegal, Hector Jimenez, Davide Bani, Matteo Rota, Francesco Serpellini (right)

Stelko Electrical Products Inc., an OEM located in San Juan, PR. has decided to apply the ABB eVD4 circuit breaker for an upcoming project which is an upgrade to existing switchgear in the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) water treatment plant in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Hector Jimenez, Stelko`s Vice President, selected to use the eVD4 and PB1/E Powercube due to the advantages that the package provided. The reduction of wiring needed in the low voltage compartment and the reduced footprint were major advantages since the existing equipment that was upgraded was originally built with 26” wide circuit breakers more than 30 years ago. The lineup will consist of a control power transformer, battery bank, one main breaker, and four feeder breakers that will feed transformers.

Top right - Vincent Duong, bottom left - Walter Sinegal, Hector Jimenez, PRASA Team

There are more projects for PRASA that are in the pipeline and could possibly open the door for opportunity with the eVD4. The product will allow ABB to differentiate itself as a provider to the OEM market since there is a major competitor on the island of Puerto Rico that is a strong player in the OEM market.

Stelko has also been awarded a contract for a separate project, Arecibo Observatory where they will also use eVD4 breaker. The Arecibo Observatory is a radio telescope near the city of Arecibo, Puerto Rico and is operated by Stanford Research Institute (SRI) under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The advantages of the eVD4 in this application was again having a pre-engineered solution but also utilizing the IEC 61850 and GOOSE features in the RBX615 relay. The observatory location can provide a host of issues during strong weather conditions; therefore, remote operation is a requirement.

Arecibo Observatory, c) A. Lee Bennett Jr. /

Since the orders for the eVD4 breakers with Stelko, ABB has seen an increase in inquiries for the eVD4 breaker. Sensata Technologies, a manufacturuer of LV breakers and electrical sensors and controls, has also recently purchased the eVD4 breaker to be applied to their test lab.

"I do have high expectations with our eVD4 Circuit Breaker that will ultimately in time be acceptable within the OEM community. The challenge is to persuade the mind-set of these "traditional" and comfortable OEMs, of which may be thinking that the initial cost to implement the eVD4 breaker into their switchgear is too costly. Needless to say that the end-user in the long term will be saving on services and maintenance costs." – Luis Sanchez

Congratulations to Luis Sanchez and the Lake Mary Power Products Medium Voltage (PPMV) OEM team on this accomplishment! Also, ABB would like to acknowledge Sergio Buttice for his extended efforts in coordination between the Lake Mary and Dalmine facilties.

Please click on the following link to view some of the benefits of using the eVD4 breaker!
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