ABB installs solar-storage microgrid in Gujarat

ABB has unveiled a microgrid solution at its Vadodora manufacturing facility in Gujarat, India and plans to deliver more of the technology to the subcontinent in the coming years.

According to the Swiss company, the microgrid is the first of is kind to be installed at a manufacturing campus in India using both solar PV and battery energy storage. The technology combination will support the factory’s productivity and enable green power supplies in the evening hours or during cloudy periods during the day.
Claudio Facchin of ABB
The manufacturing hub is the company’s largest facility in India, with over 3,000 employees, producing transformers, high voltage products, distribution relays, motors, generators and turbochargers for a variety of national projects and beyond.

ABB is looking at India as a potential location “for its microgrid solutions” given the country’s huge requirement “for electrification, and the government’s push for renewable energy, according to Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s power grids division and member of the group executive committee.

“We see India as a growth market as far as microgrid is concerned,” he told reporters at the inauguration. “In emerging markets, it’s firstly about the access to electricity, and reducing certain fuel cost because today from India so many people are not electrified and they run on diesel,” he added.

ABB’s Ability control and automation system, will serve the microgrid and ensure the optimal use of the renewable energy. A cloud-based remote service system will be deployed for the operations and maintenance of the microgrid.

“Reliable, resilient and cost-effective power supply through microgrids is key to achieve Make in India targets, speed up industrial development and realize the vision of 24×7 power for all,” said Sanjeev Sharma, managing director, ABB India. “At a time when renewable energy, electric propulsion and digital technologies are disrupting the market, we are proud to partner our nation’s Skill India program through ABB PowerTEC to train the workforce of the future.”

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