The many ways in which ABB technologies have changed Singapore

ABB was named #8 in Fortune magazine’s “Change the World” 2018 rankings for its efforts to speed up adoption of clean-energy electric transportation. The list, Fortune said, honors companies that “have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy.” Here are some of the many ways in which ABB has changed the way the nation powers, produces, works, lives and moves.

E-mobility - Together with Volvo Buses and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), ABB has provided its state-of-the-art Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVC) 300P for a groundbreaking pilot to deliver two autonomous electric buses for the island by the beginning of 2019. The aim of the project is to enable tomorrow’s buses to charge their batteries, drive to the vehicle wash and park – entirely autonomously. ABB’s DC fast charging stations are also part of an ambitious electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure initiative to accelerate the adoption of EV in the city-state. Singapore Power (SP) Group has selected the chargers, which can recharge EV batteries in about 30 minutes, as part of its deployment of 1,000 EV charging points across Singapore by 2020.

Grid reliability – ABB substations enable SP PowerGrid to strengthen the efficiency and reliability of its transmission and distribution networks and to meet the growing demand for power in Singapore’s industrial, commercial and residential sectors. With an average power disruption of 12 to 45 seconds annually, Singapore has one of the most reliable electricity systems in the world, owing in part to ABB technologies.

Data centers – Close to 30 major data centers in Singapore – cloud, colocation, telecommunications and financial services customers – have achieved continuous optimization and improved uptime with a myriad of ABB’s pioneering technologies for the data center industry.

Intelligent lighting and building control – The next time you attend a concert or match at the National Stadium, look up at the world’s largest free-spanning domed roof at Singapore’s National Stadium. Three ABB Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) are the ‘brains’ behind the motion, providing the control and coordination for 32 regenerative variable speed drives (ABB’s of course) to automate the roof. Intelligent building control systems deliver energy savings of around 20 percent in the National Library, and has attracted a number of national and international energy efficient accolades. Asia’s largest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer, houses ABB’s intelligent lighting control, making the skyline that much brighter. ABB provided complete power and automation solutions for the first two phases of the Marina Bay District Cooling System in Singapore – the largest and most ambitious district cooling project ever undertaken.

Water security – When it is completed by 2020, the Keppel MEDP project will be equipped with efficient and reliable electrical, instrumentation, automation and control system from ABB. Singapore’s fourth desalination plant will produce approximately 30 million gallons of fresh drinking water a day, enough to fill about 55 Olympic-sized swimming pools. ABB provided extensive power solution packages, as well as automation products such as high-efficiency motors and medium-voltage drives for the Changi water reclamation plant that enable critical parts of the process to operate at the highest levels of energy efficiency and reliability. For the Marina Barrage, seven high-capacity pumps driven by seven energy efficient ABB motors help keep the water level stable, drawing up to 280,000 liters of water per second. Three ABB alternators supplement the power supply and provide standby power during blackouts.

Renewable power – As Singapore’s first eco-town, Punggol demonstrates how sustainable development can be achieved through comprehensive town planning and adoption of green technologies. 200 units of ABB solar inverters power the Housing Development Board’s (HDB) residential blocks. ABB is providing critical components on a landmark one megawatt floating solar photovoltaic test-bed, the largest of its kind in the world, at the Tengeh Reservoir. It measures 1 hectare and features multiple solar solutions from providers to study the performance and cost-effectiveness of floating solar platforms.

Some of ABB's key projects in Singapore

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