ABB has signed a contract with Shanghai Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPC), a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA), to provide 106 Compact Secondary Substations and 10 eHouses for the Argentina Cauchari 300MW photovoltaic project.
Once completed, the Cauchari Power Station will become the largest installed photovoltaic power station at high altitude in South America and will greatly enhance the local power supply and promote economic and social development. The construction of the project will provide valuable experience for green energy development in the province of Jujuy and throughout Argentina, and achieve a further milestone for ABB in the renewable energy field.
As part of “the Belt and Road” initiative, China shows its commitment to the promotion of renewable energy for mutual benefit. In May 2017, during “the Belt and Road” Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, the agreement for the Argentina Cauchari 300MW photovoltaic project was signed in the Great Hall of the People. The Chinese Chairman, Xi Jinping and Argentina President, Mauricio Macri, attended the signing. With the financial support of “preferential export buyers’ credit” provided by the Export-Import Bank of China, POWERCHINA and SEPC make use of China’s mature photovoltaic technology and construction experience and vigorously promote the project in Argentina.
“With a business network covering some 100 countries around the world and abundant overseas project management experience, ABB strongly supports Chinese enterprises in the construction of utility and transport infrastructure. By providing consultancy, design, engineering and services, ABB helps these enterprises comply with design standards in different countries, thus lowering project costs and risks,” said James Zhao, Lead Division manager, Electrification Products, ABB China. “In the PV industry, ABB offers a full range of products and solutions covering the entire value chain, as well as professional technical support and services from sun to socket, in off-grid and grid-connected applications. In addition, the ABB Ability™ digital offering helps customers improve project management and execution efficiency, creating greater value and achieving win-win cooperation.”
The Argentina Cauchari 300MW photovoltaic power station is located in the province of Jujuy, Argentina. The maximum altitude at the site is 4,060 meters. High altitudes are ideal for capturing solar energy, but with high altitude come many challenges. To overcome these challenges ABB optimized the design for the required gas-insulated switchgear to meet the needs of the environment. The optimized switchgear has passed the pressure cycling test under high-altitude conditions, with more than 7,350 repetitions. In addition, ABB recommended that the Compact Secondary Substation and other equipment in the station should be connected taking account of local technical characteristics, which was highly appreciated by customers.
Although Argentina is a long way from China, ABB's global service network means that a local service team can be deployed rapidly in response to customer needs, which is an additional reassurance for customers. In South America, ABB has been working with many Chinese enterprises, for example, in 2016, ABB provided Coca Codo Sinclair Hydropower Plant in Ecuador with state-of-the-art electrical equipment and control systems.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 18,000 employees located in 142 cities, 40 local companies, and online and offline channels across over 300 cities.
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