ABB: a key player at Power-Gen Africa 2015

Showcasing new technologies for microgrids, plant electrification, power and water automation

ABB participates at Power Gen Africa 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa to exhibit cutting-edge products and systems for African electricity markets and to participate in high-level meetings and discussions about current trends and developments in African electricity markets.

Among the many products and solutions on display at Power-Gen Africa this year are ABB’s industry-leading integrated instrumentation, control and electrical systems, featuring a comprehensive power and automation portfolio for power and water industries. Through integrated systems engineering, ABB’s electrical balance of plant solution incorporates all electrical, automation and instrumentation systems in one unified platform, ensuring plants run efficiently, safely and reliably.

Power Gen Africa 2015 will also feature the launch of ABB’s Symphony Plus SD Series: the latest addition to the Symphony Plus S+ Control and I/O family. The green automation solution reduces energy consumption, lowers hardware requirements and withstands extreme operating conditions.

“We are excited to be able to contribute to the development of electrical infrastructure in this region of the world,” said Markus Bruegmann, ABB Global Marketing & Sales Manager for the Power Generation business unit, part of the Power Systems division. "Areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa are incredibly rich in potential power generation capacity, which is significantly underdeveloped despite surging demand. A report by the consultancy, McKinsey&Company, earlier this year noted the total potential power generating capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa alone is a staggering 10 terawatts (TW), including gas, hydro, geothermal, wind and solar generation.

Events like Power-Gen Africa are crucial for planning, building and improving the continent’s electrical infrastructure.  ABB’s strong solar offering will highlight ABB’s strengths in photovoltaic (PV) automation, modularized standard solutions, remote monitoring and SCADA. ABB solutions for PV power plants are designed to maximize plant performance and provide cost-effective and speedy project execution, supporting customers in all engineering needs from panel connection to grid compliance.

ABB is also uniquely positioned to supply microgrid systems thanks to a variety of innovative technologies, comprehensive product portfolio and a proven track record of providing solutions for grids of all sizes. One of the most important issues to be addressed at Power Gen Africa 2015 will be the discussion about supplying reliable electricity to off-grid communities and industries, also promoting both energy efficiency and safety.  

Advanced ABB systems for monitoring, controlling and optimizing water distribution, waste water collection and water irrigation networks in real-time often feature highly distributed control system architectures with many remote locations. ABB offers customers an adapted portfolio of instrumentation, SCADA and optimization solutions.

Thanks to a strong local presence in Africa and more than 100 years of experience in power generation, ABB’s comprehensive service portfolio can optimize plant performance, reliability and efficiency while minimizing environmental impact. The step-wise evolution of control, electrical and instrumentation systems keeps power plants of all types up-to-date and available.

Keeping pace with the growing African power generation market, ABB recently won an order worth more than $160 million from Eskom, South Africa's national electricity provider, to supply control systems, software and instrumentation for the 4,800 megawatt (MW) Kusile coal-fired power station under construction in South Africa.

The project further strengthens ABB’s leading position as a provider of advanced automation and software solutions to electricity utilities globally and in the African region, with systems already installed in Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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