Growing our ‘green’ partnerships

Growing our ‘green’ partnerships

ABB teams with partners to build a lamp-starting solution that cuts costs for an American greenhouse complex.

As we focus on building a safe, smart and sustainable world, ABB has teamed up with Rexel, a global leader in the distribution of electrical supplies and services, and with GST to deliver 30 percent energy savings for a large greenhouse complex in the United States.

The project involved ABB, GST and Rexel joining forces to deliver an optimal customer experience for a lamp-starting solution with assimilation lighting for horticultural greenhouses in the US. Dutch-owned GST builds tailor-made control panels and distribution boards to help horticultural businesses create the best growing environment for their crops.

For a customer in the U.S. with a large greenhouse complex for vegetables, GST designed a number of control cabinets for assimilation lighting featuring ABB’s lamp starter combinations. ABB was able to bring its extensive knowledge of exporting to the United States to benefit the installation. Since the project needed to comply with U.S. legislation and inspection standards, the specific ABB solution involved UL/CSA certified lamp-starter combinations.

With its clever pre-assembled design, the solution provided several key customer benefits, including a 75 percent reduction in installation time and costs. To make compact building possible, the lamp-starter combinations give off 10 to 20 percent less heat than competing starters, and ABB AF contactors with electronic coils deliver significant additional energy savings.

“Our AF contactors can make a sizeable difference in the costs of power, logistics and administration”, said ABB Segment Manager for the Netherlands, Jan Willem Hinfelaar. “The same contactors are available all over the world through ABB’s global support system, and the AC/DC coil covers all standard network voltages. Such benefits can mean real savings for facilities like these greenhouses that operate continuously.”

Rexel’s one-stop shop and its packaging and logistics solutions delivered additional time and cost savings.

As John Bong A Jan from Rexel said: “When it comes to greenhouse horticulture, the Dutch region of Westland is one of the most important in the world. Thanks to years of experience and expertise in horticulture, Rexel is a reliable partner for installation companies operating in horticulture businesses in the Netherlands. The short lines of communications mean that GST can always get quick answers to their questions. Joint expertise, Rexel’s one-stop shop, and its packaging and logistics solutions delivered further time and cost savings.”


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