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Technology and innovation

Innovation and the pioneering of new technologies are part of ABB's DNA. From the first HVDC (high-voltage direct current) installation in the 1950s, to the launch of an alternative eco-efficient insulation gas for switchgear, the development of the digital substation to support the shift towards smarter grids, and the push towards new levels of ultra-high voltage transmission, the company remains at the technological cutting edge.

ABB invests about $1.5 billion annually in research and development and employs some 8,500 technologists in more than 20 countries. Addressing technologies that support the emergence of a stronger, greener and smarter grid, innovation is at the core of driving both the group's own profitable growth and providing a more sustainable world for the coming decades.