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Innovative, sustainable, challenging and rewarding

Day in, day out, our work is making the world a better place.

ABB's employees are constantly working on many challenges to lower the environmental impact from power generation, transmission and consumption. Here is a sample of recent projects that demonstrates the breadth of our work.
Wind and solar power
Intelligent power grids
Energy-efficient transit

We are continuously creating power solutions to fulfill today’s demanding energy needs.

Utilizing our extensive portfolio of solar power products and solutions, ABB in Canada will be providing power for the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Ontario, Canada. This pivotal project will create a green energy cluster of wind and solar power, with an estimated 1,369 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy.

We are also responsible for engineering, electrical installation, commissioning and performance testing of the plant. Construction of the plant will create many new job opportunities for QA/QC electrical inspectors, site managers, project managers, site administrators, electrical site supervisors, engineers and summer students.

Since September 2012, we have been heavily involved in a 70 percent expansion of PV capacity in Ontario and an additional 90 MW of utility-scale PV plants will be supplied.

The future of this project is quite substantial; when completely functional in 2015, the PV power plant will be able to produce 165,000 megawatt-hours of emissions-free electricity annually. This would be enough energy to power 13,750 homes in Canada.

We are committed to providing green energy solutions. The solar PV plant will reduce the emission of 162,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. Our solutions will significantly contribute to environmental sustainability.

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.

Vancouver’s transportation system will be undergoing a major overhaul in 2016. We will provide and commission traction power substation equipment for the transit project, which includes five new DC traction substations. Equipment will be delivered as soon as Fall 2014.

Creation of the Evergreen Line will vastly expand and enhance the transportation network within the Metro Vancouver area. Vancouver’s Skytrain network, the world's longest automated light rapid transit system, will be extended by 11 km (7 miles) and will serve seven stations. The project also includes the construction of several elevated and tunneling guideways.

Our ENVILINE™ product portfolio will provide AC and DC switchgear, transformers, traction rectifiers (ENVILINE™ TDR) and energy dissipation systems (ENVILINE™ EDS) for the Vancouver Evergreen Line Rapid Transit project. Our portfolio offers dependable, economical and flexible solutions that increase energy saving up to 30 percent.

Our technologies will also provide technical support and commissioning services for this project. This opens the door to exciting career opportunities for electrical and mechanical engineers as well as for an engineering manager.