On July 10, the 2020 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) Summit was held online in Shanghai. As an excellent partner of the summit, ABB attended the event with a full series of Smart City solutions. James Zhao, lead business manager for ABB Electrification in China delivered a keynote speech in WAIC- Intelligent Trending Forum, sharing the industry with ABB's leading technologies and achievements in smart cities and long-term vision for a sustainable future.
With the theme of "Intelligent World, Indivisible Community", the 2020 WAIC attracted scientists and entrepreneurs worldwide to discuss hot topics related to cutting-edge technologies and industrial trends in the intelligence field.
In the future, the global population will continue to grow, and the urbanization process will further accelerate. The United Nations estimates that the global population will reach 9 billion by 2040, and 2/3 of the people will live in cities. It will generate great challenges to the resources, energy supply, transportation and environment in cities. How to acquire and use energy more efficiently, build a green and convenient transportation system, and create more comfortable life for people have become the core issues of building smart cities in the future. With this in mind, ABB always strives to help build safe, comfortable, efficient and sustainable smart cities.
James Zhao, lead business manager for ABB Electrification in China, said, “ABB electrical solutions can provide reliable support for various application scenarios such as distribution grids, data centers, buildings, and transport in smart cities, realizing the optimal use of resources and real-time response on the demand and supply side, enhancing the energy utilization, empowering new infrastructure construction, and accelerating the process towards smart cities, with the aid of the Internet of Things (IOT), big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) technology.”
Building connected urban distribution grids
The power grid is the most critical infrastructure in the city. ABB can provide complete offerings for grid connection, and enable the devices connection through ABB Ability™ digital solutions, facilitating the availability of new energy, asset management and energy management.
Based on over a hundred years’ experience, ABB provides customized optimization solutions for users' energy management, which has realized real-time online transmission and visual management of all power energy data, and reduced operation and maintenance costs.
ABB also has virtual power plant technology, which can flexibly adjust the demand, reduce the peak load of the power grid and efficiently use the energy storage system without affecting the user experience, maintain the stability of power supply, and improve the efficiency of the power system.
Promote the development of smart buildings
Today, through advanced sensing and perception technologies, big data and AI, buildings will become smarter, more comfortable and safer. Based on the development of new energy and energy storage technologies, buildings will no longer only play the role of energy consumers, but also energy providers.
ABB has been assisting customers improve the comfort, safety and efficiency of various types of buildings, and providing solutions suitable for public infrastructure, commercial buildings and residences, to achieve digital management of building distribution systems and intelligent application of load control.
ABB Ability™ EDCS, with simple plug-and-play operation, is characterized by integrated architecture, which can reduce the hardware by 60%. The upgrading and commissioning time of a single device only takes 10 minutes, and the cost on power management can be saved by 30%. In the meanwhile, the system can also carry out active predictive maintenance, perform distribution management anytime and anywhere with intelligent terminals, and utilize data analysis to provide customers with professional suggestions, which further improve the reliability of power supply.
At present, with the development of AI, IOT, cloud computing, digitalization and other information technologies, smart buildings not only pursue environmental friendliness, efficiency and energy-saving, but also pay more attention to users’ experience. ABB i-bus® KNX intelligent building control system can meet the application needs of smart buildings and smart homes. With the aid of stable and reliable KNX bus technology, it integrates various functions into scene applications, adapting to the future trends while being user-centric.
E-mobility towards “Mission to Zero”
The transportation industry is the second largest source of greenhouse gases in the world and has a huge impact on the air quality of cities. E-mobility is an effective way to meet this challenge. As a leading enterprise in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, ABB entered the EV charging market as early as 2010.
At present, ABB can provide end-to-end closed-loop solutions in the field of e-mobility to meet various needs from distribution systems, charging infrastructure to daily operation and maintenance. At the user end, the main focus is on infrastructure, whether it is a private car, bus, truck, etc., ABB can provide the corresponding charging infrastructure. For power grid companies, ABB focuses on how to help them adapt to the impact of high-power charging on the distribution system. For operators, the ABB Ability™ digital solutions can remotely diagnose chargers and find faults in a timely manner, ensuring stable and efficient operation of chargers.
ABB has provided efficient and reliable DC chargers for EV manufacturers such as NIO and DENZA in China, and charging service providers such as Southern Heshun Electric Vehicle Service Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China Southern Power Grid. Recently, ABB, through Shanghai Chargedot New Energy Technology Co., Ltd, also provided GAC Toyota Motor with 7 kW AC wallbox chargers, to meet the needs of private car owners for home charging to enable a sustainable transport ecosystem.
In addition to specific technologies, ABB has spared no effort to build an industrial ecosystem and promote the development of smart cities. At present, ABB has cooperated with many equipment manufacturers and IT service providers, and has achieved fruitful cooperation results. In September last year, in order to bring a better digital experience to Chinese users, ABB and Huawei combined their cloud services, AI, IOT and industry expertise to jointly innovate to further tap the market potential of industrial digital transformation, bringing greater value for customers.
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