For over 100 years, we have played a central role in the evolution of power grid technologies.
Our innovative FACTS (flexible alternating current transmission systems) solutions help improve the quality, performance, reliability and operational efficiency of current power grids.
Hydro-Québec, the Canadian leader in electricity production, has called upon ABB in Canada to upgrade existing transmission lines across Quebec. Hydro-Québec’s 735-kilovolt transmission system includes two Static Var Compensators (SVC), which will be reconstructed using our smart grid solutions by 2016.
Current electric grids lack the stability, safety and environmental-friendly requirements of the modern world. Our FACTS technologies prolong the lifespan of SVCs and greatly diminish electrical power loss. For instance, our SVCs help improve voltage and frequency stability problems thus increasing power transmission capacity across the system.
Upgrades made to Hydro-Québec’s existing transmission network will allow additional power to be made available to Quebec consumers. Reinforcement of the current power grid using ABB FACTS solutions will increase economic efficiency, cut implementation time and address environmental concerns.
The intense use of our FACTS technology by Hydro-Québec and other utilities in Canada has allowed us to grow our local expertise in this field and to establish a Local Execution Center (LEC) in our Montreal office. This brought about several interesting opportunities for highly specialized professionals such as project managers, civil engineers, electrical engineers, project engineers, site managers, installation supervisors and commissioning engineers, among others.