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ABB deploys microgrid solution at Australia plant

DUBAI, April 19, 2018

ABB, a pioneering technology leader, has supplied a containerised microgrid solution to support a gas-fired power station to optimise and automate its operations, increase energy efficiency, reduce fossil fuel consumption and enable uninterrupted power supply from Australia’s Alinta Energy’s Newman Power Station, which supplies mining operations in the Pilbara.

ABB’s microgrid solution includes a 30 megawatt (MW) battery energy storage system, which is one of the largest of its kind to be deployed in a gas-fired power plant, said a statement from the company.

A 30 MW battery energy storage system can supply 6,000 homes with the power supply, where the average supply would be 5 kilowatt (kW), it said.

Mining is a key focus sector in Australia and accounts for approximately six per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The Newman Power Station, situated around 1,200 km north of Perth in Western Australia, supplies power to remotely located mining operations, it added.

ABB’s microgrid solution will provide power supply to cover the time it takes to start-up a new gas turbine, when there is a fault in the running turbine causing power to trip. This back-up will enable uninterrupted supply of reliable power and prevent any disruption.

ABB’s modular and containerised microgrid will integrate five 6 MW ABB Ability PowerStore Battery energy storage systems with the power station’s existing gas turbines, providing a ‘spinning reserve’. ABB has supplied a range of transformers and switchgear to integrate the system.

The innovative solution incorporates ABB’s Microgrid Plus automation and control technology that serves as the brain of the entire system to monitor the gas turbines and facilitate utility-grade power quality and grid stability. It is also equipped for remote service and maintenance.

Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s grid automation business unit, a part of power grids division, said: “Our plug-and-play microgrid solution, has been designed to meet complex automation requirements and will ensure grid stability and fuel saving for Alinta’s operation.”

“Microgrids and energy storage are key focus areas in our Next Level strategy, supporting our quest to provide grid stability, fuel savings, and bring reliable power to people, while reducing environmental impact, as exemplified by this project,” he said.

ABB is a pioneer in microgrid technology with installations all over the world, across a diverse range of applications serving remote communities, islands, utilities and industrial campuses. 15 of these microgrid solutions are installed in Australia.

ABB received the order from Kokam, a recognised storage solution provider who also supplied batteries for Solar Impulse 2 that in 2015-2016 completed a pioneering 40,000 km flight around the world exclusively on solar power. ABB was one of the main alliance partners for this historic flight, it stated.-TradeArabia News Service




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