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ABB uses DCW to show how data centre operators can plug into the smart grid

UK, April 20th, 2016 – Critical power, power distribution and data centre infrastructure management were at the fore

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group demonstrated smart-grid connectivity for data centres for the first time at Data Centre World. Visitors to ABB’s stand saw the first UK demonstration of low and medium voltage products for power and infrastructure management within data centres. Features included the Emax 2 circuit breaker’s capability to tap into smart grid communication through the IEC 61850 protocol.
ABB is currently the only manufacturer that can extend smart grid communication to the level of low voltage devices.

This capability is significant because it opens up the potential for data centre operators to make savings by reducing peak demand, integrating renewable energy and back-up power generation and allowing operators to participate in demand-side management schemes.
ABB also used the exhibition to show how the Decathlon® DCIM (Data Centre Infrastructure Management) system can be connected with critical equipment to view and analyse data, create reports, connect to control systems and provide decision-makers with the right information at the right time.
The integration of power and infrastructure management, coupled with compliance to IEC 61850, was of significant interest to many of the show visitors and ABB received a record number of visitors and enquires at its stand.

During the exhibition, ABB’s Head of Data Centres for Europe Henrik Palmgren delivered a seminar with Ericsson’s Head of Product Line Hardware & Infrastructure Howard Wu on the industrialised data centre. By combining power and communications infrastructure, data centre operators can optimize performance and power consumption to operate more efficiently. This was of significant interest to data centre operators, with a attendees in the filled-to-capacity theatre hearing about the collaboration and discovering how the products were utilized, as well as the benefits that can be achieved in a real life scenario.

Nigel Thomas, ABB’s National Specification Sales Manager said: “Data centre operators are always looking for innovative ways to reduce costs and improve decision-making without affecting availability. As the only supplier of electrical distribution systems that extends smart grid communication to the low voltage level, ABB has given operators the opportunity to improve their energy efficiency.”

ABB ( is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

Contact information

David Watton Marketing Communications Manager
ABB Electrification Products Division UK
Tel: +44 (0)7880 557171

Nigel Thomas
National Sales Manager
ABB Electrification Products Division UK
Tel: +44 (0)7764 826 018

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