ABB touts grid connection breakthroughs at AWEA Windpower 2014



ABB promotes grid interconnection technology applications for wind farms

ABB, a leading wind industry power technology provider, is promoting a series of grid interconnection technology applications for wind farms from the show floor at the annual AWEA Windpower 2014 conference and exhibition this week. Building off a very interactive, half-day, pre-show technical training session on May 5 entitled, ““Wind Farm Best Practices: The latest developments in grid connected technologies,” in conjunction with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), ABB will have “Smart Squad” experts in the booth to showcase an array of new technologies centered around better grid connections – managing reactive power to meet grid codes, as well as the latest breakthroughs in Statcom, microgrids and energy storage.

ABB will also offer a full line of low voltage drives, switchgear, transformers and wind turbine converter solutions for wind farms of all sizes, as well as the Ventyx Energy Portfolio Management (EPM) solution for accurately forecasting wind patterns and collecting data.

Another advanced wind automation application ABB is launching is known as Symphony Plus for Wind®, a new SCADA offering designed for effective monitoring and control of fleets for wind plants. Symphony Plus is a robust automation system that is already implemented within a large number of thermal and hydro power plants, but is now available to meet the growing demand in the wind industry.

In addition to real time monitoring and control, this solution includes unique features such as condition monitoring of assets and optimal dispatching of plants using a scalable SCADA solution; a single “pane of glass” for operations and maintenance of turbines and substation equipment; and central control room capabilities. This solution is supported both globally and locally for software updates and added functionality.

“We are pleased to again be a part of the discussion – and a part of the solution – at AWEA Windpower as we establish ourselves as not only an experienced technology solutions supplier for the wind industry, but as a proven expert in connecting wind power to the transmission grid efficiently and reliably with many innovative technologies,” said Dennis McKinley, director of wind power solutions in North America for ABB.

AWEA Windpower 2014 runs from May 6-8, and ABB will be exhibiting in booth #4148 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.