ABB to show a digital future for the energy industry at CERAWeek

ABB Ability™ solutions and electric vehicle charging will take center stage at annual gathering in Houston, Texas

Considered the world’s premier annual gathering of senior energy executives, innovators and honored officials about the future of energy. CERAWeek takes place March 11-15 in Houston, a week after ABB left its mark on the city with its bi-annual ABB Customer World (ACW) event.

ABB executives including CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, Power Grids president Claudio Facchin and Industrial Automation president Peter Terwiesch will take the stage to discuss how enterprises can make their businesses more efficient and safer by embracing digital technologies. Greg Scheu and Chunyuan Gu will represent the Americas region and Asia, Middle-East and Africa respectively.

YuMi®, the world’s first truly collaborative robot, will serve coffee to the delegates and an ABB FIA Formula E Generation 2 car will be on display to underscore ABB’s leading role in electric mobility. ABB so far, sold 10,500 EV fast-chargers across 73 countries, more than any manufacturer in the world. In addition to charging technologies for electric cars, ABB’s portfolio includes sustainable transport solutions covering the entire value chain for buses and trucks, as well as ships, railways and cable cars. 

ABB Ability™, the company’s innovative offering of digital solutions and services across all business areas, will take center stage at the event to showcase how to address some of the world’s biggest challenges, which are created by the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions and are changing the way we power our societies, produce our goods and services, and work, live and move.

ABB Ability™ is the largest digital start-up of recent years, which was launched only two years ago and has been recognized as a leading global offering for Industry 4.0, building an impressive pipeline of digital solutions. The digital platform also offers the potential for a range of solutions, based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), for example, to make the energy industry more safe by applying deep learning elements to ABB’s Predictive Emission Monitoring System (PEMS), which predicts energy plant emissions in advance and can take action before violations occur.

ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations for example finds its way into the Oil and gas exploration sector after initial use in the marine sector. The solution combines information technology (IT) with operations technology (OT) experts, who deliver a range of managed services including predictive maintenance and IT integrated software solutions such as analytics.

ABB Ability™ solutions have extended operating life of oil rigs by 20 years. Automated choke control has reduced start up time of oil wells to only 2 hours from 9 hours previously, while offshore and onshore variable speed drives on pumps have reduced energy consumption significantly. Spills by trans-national oil and gas pipelines have decreased due to ABB’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) solutions.

Live streams of presentation by ABB executives can be followed here. A full list of guest speakers, which reads as a Who-is-Who of the energy industry, can be viewed here.

CERAWeek is an annual energy event named after Cambridge Energy Research Associates, an energy research and consulting firm, which was co-founded in 1983 by Daniel Yergin, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “The Prize; The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power”.


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