Fast deployment of ABB digital solution ensures power availability to a Centrin Data Systems data center

Fast deployment of ABB digital solution ensures power availability to a Centrin Data Systems data center

ABB installs a digital solution for a large-scale advanced data center in East China with over 80 percent faster commissioning and reduced on-site wiring resulting in 40 percent reduction in project delivery time.

With the continuous advancement of China's digital economy transformation, as well as the application of a new generation of communication technology and the implementation of IoT, the average annual growth rate of racks on the market in the past five years has reached 30 percent.

The Centrin Data Systems Kunshan Jinqiao Data Center is a large-scale advanced data center in East China, which provides data center operation and maintenance services for leading Internet companies. In 2020, the company’s Kunshan Data Center was included in the Batch of National New Industrial Demonstration Bases by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, and awarded the Tier IV design certificate by Uptime Institute. The facility will provide potential customers with at least 25,600 high-spec data center racks.

For the data center’s computer room, ABB developed a digital solution to satisfy the power supply requirements. This includes medium-voltage (MV) switchgear UniGear ZS1 with a GOOSE (Generic Object Oriented Substation Events) communication-enabled automatic switching solution with advanced IEC 61850 standard-based digital communication between the switchgear panels with Relion® protection relays. 

The construction of the computer room was an important strategic project for the data center, requiring 216 MV switchgear panels to be provided with a short delivery time. With strong technical strength and expertise, ABB provided the customer with an innovative solution, which included 500 mm panel width UniGear ZS1 switchgear, which helped reduce the footprint by about 25 percent. Moreover, the delivery of two panels, pre-assembled in the factory, also helped to substantially reduce site installation time.

The project included an advanced automatic switching solution with ABB’s programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and Relion 615 series protection relays for IEC 61850 standard-based digital communication and GOOSE messaging. Compared to a conventional solution, that requires hundreds of control cables to be installed, the new digital approach reduced wiring on site as well as the commissioning time by over 80 percent. Working closely with the customer, project delivery time was reduced by 40 percent.

ABB's UniGear ZS1 switchgear with Relion protection relays
ABB's UniGear ZS1 switchgear with Relion protection relays

“ABB’s strong dedication and expertise greatly impressed Centrin Data Systems. During project execution, ABB actively coordinated with all operating units and overcame any challenges. The excellent and professional skills of ABB’s technical engineers provided strong support to guarantee the smooth and timely power supply for this project. The successful cooperation in this project lays a solid foundation for future collaboration between Centrin Data Systems and ABB in the future.” remarked Yang Yu, President of Centrin Data Systems Kunshan Jinqiao Data Center.

According to James Zhao, local division manager of Distributions Solutions in China: "ABB has established leadership in providing integrated, modular and customized power distribution systems in China. ABB's deep industry insights, rich engineering experience and leading R&D capability are a good match for the Chinese market. With sound process management and lean production, ABB can provide faster and more reliable delivery for data center applications. Looking ahead, ABB will strengthen its market position through technological innovations and digital solutions that help customers improve the reliability and intelligence level of their electrical distribution infrastructure, reduce operating costs and achieve sustainable development.”

For data centers, having a secure and stable power supply is key. ABB has been at the forefront of the Chinese data center market with innovative technologies, and cooperation with leading Internet companies like Baidu and CDN and edge computing companies like Wangsu to fully meet a diversity of customized requirements and continuously deliver sustainable and high performing industrial data centers.

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