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ABB Inks Deal with APG for Grid Expansion in Austria

Power News - Published on Wed, 25 Sep 2019

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ABB has signed a five-year framework contract with Austrian Power Grid, Austria’s transmission system operator, potentially worth more than USD 100 million to supply gas-insulated switchgear, in the largest electricity grid expansion to date in Austria. ABB will be supplying GIS for the construction of a transmission grid that will help to strengthen the infrastructure in order to gradually integrate electricity generated by more renewable sources.

Renewable energy is difficult to predict and causes load fluctuations. Its integration into the power grid requires a strong and resilient transmission infrastructure. The network connects wind power generators in eastern Austria to pumped storage power plants in the western part of the country. It will also transport surplus solar and wind power to pumped storage power plants in the Alps that act as “green batteries” for storing electricity that can be harvested during high demand periods.

Under the #mission2030 plan, Austria targets to achieve 100 percent electricity consumption from renewable energy and a fully carbon-free society by 2030. This goal also honors the European Union’s renewable energy targets1 of 32 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050. ABB’s technology solutions act as catalysts in enabling a smarter, safer and greener grid.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 25 Sep 2019
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