ABB Power Grids was awarded runner-up in “Outstanding Achievements of a Multinational Company (MNC)” for its work in delivering innovative technology for the world’s first HVDC grid in China, supporting the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) on the ZhangBei multi-terminal project.
The Zhangbei HVDC grid project in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area of China was designed by SGCC as the world’s largest and most advanced voltage sourced converter (VSC) HVDC grid system. ABB is supplying several critical elements for the project including high-power semiconductors and one HVDC converter.
Delivery of wind energy through network-based architecture will ensure more stable and reliable electricity to meet higher demand during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The project will also enable the integration of remote wind, solar and hydro energy, delivering up to 4,500 megawatts (MW), powering the Games with a clean and green energy supply.
In 2014, ABB developed the 3,000 A StakPak IGBT module to enable the Zhangbei project. ABB’s StakPak semiconductor module is at the heart of the voltage sourced converter, enabling HVDC transmission at very high power while significantly reducing energy losses.
Magnus Callavik, Head of the HVDC, Business Line Grid Integration at ABB’s Power Grids business in China said: “This award acknowledges ABB’s commitment to making the grid of the future stronger, smarter and greener through our HVDC technology, which we pioneered over 60 years ago. We are proud to be supporting China in the upgrade of their power infrastructure and enabling the integration of renewable energy into Beijing ahead of increased demand during the 2022 Winter Olympics.”
ABB is committed to Sino-Swiss infrastructure development and has a strong heritage of cooperation with the State Grid Corporation of China. In 2017, the China-Switzerland Energy Working Group was established and the two countries hold annual meetings of the Group.
As a technology leader in high-power semiconductors and HVDC applications, ABB has provided semiconductor products to multiple major projects in China, including the ‘Three Gorges’ project on the Yangtze River; the 800 kilovolt (kV) Xiangjiaba-Shanghai ultra-high voltage direct current (UHVDC) link led by State Grid; and Wudongde UHVDC multi-terminal project. The latter will be the first multiple terminal VSC-HVDC project in the world, reaching a total length of 1,489 meters and 8 million kilowatts (kW) capacity.