ABB has announced a modular and scalable “plug and play” microgrid solution to address the globally growing demand for flexible technology in the developing market for distributed power generation. The Switzerland-based technology company says the solution is relevant for mature and emerging countries and will help maximize the use of renewable energy sources while reducing dependence on fossil fuels used by generator sets.
ABB says all of the equipment required to run the microgrid – the company’s power converter and dedicated control system, Microgrid Plus, as well as battery storage – has been integrated into a container for faster, easier and safer deployment.
The customer can choose to configure the microgrid to integrate energy from wind, solar, main grid or diesel generator supply, based on the application and local conditions.
ABB’s modular microgrid has four pre-designed variants in the range of 50 kW to 4,600 kW. The standard integrated functionalities include grid-connected and off-grid operation, and operations and maintenance is enabled via a cloud-based remote service system.
“Our modular, standardized and scalable microgrid solution will provide cost-efficient access to reliable power for rural and urban applications as a plug-and-play solution,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s power grids division. “It exemplifies ABB’s continued commitment to innovation and reducing environmental impact by enhancing the integration of renewable energy sources and reducing dependence on fossil fuels – all key elements of ABB’s next-level strategy.”