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ABB in Singapore will use its own technologies to power facilities with renewable solar energy

After a successful year-long trial, ABB in Singapore has flicked the switch on its 773 kW solar energy harvesting farm covering its expansive rooftop in Ayer Rajah, on 9 March 2020.

The new solar panel system uses over 1900 photovoltaic panels powered by six ABB solar inverters and is expected to generate an average of 970 MWh of electricity per year (conservative figure) – enough to power 200 households annually and provide over 20 percent of the building’s consumption. By using renewable energy, the site will reduce its annual emissions of CO2 by 406 metric tons and its annual electricity costs by approximately $77,000.

“ABB has a responsibility to produce energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly products, as well as to deploy those products at its own facilities. This is an important step towards large-scale renewable energy implementation at other ABB sites across the world, and a significant one for us here in Singapore, demonstrating our commitment to sustainability and reduction of carbon emissions,” said Johan de Villiers, Country Managing Director, Singapore.

ABB’s Aurora Vision® Plant Management Platform, a cloud-based solution, provides highly interactive, real-time access to key performance and operations metrics to closely monitor and manage the rooftop PV installation.

In 2018, 15.1 percent of all electricity used by ABB Group, was purchased as certified “green” electricity.

In Singapore’s first eco-town, Punggol, 200 units of ABB solar inverters power the Housing Development Board’s (HDB) residential blocks, demonstrating how sustainable development can be achieved through comprehensive town planning and adoption of green technologies. ABB provided 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.


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