High-voltage power testing laboratory (photo)
ABB technologies contribute to the development of a cleaner, more reliable and efficient power supply. Our high-voltage transmission systems help transport power and connect transmission grids over land, underground and even under the sea.

ABB serves utilities and industrial and commercial customers with products, systems and services for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. Turnkey solutions include power plant electrics and automation, bulk power transmission, substations and network management.

The product offering across voltage levels includes circuit breakers, switchgear, capacitors, instrument transformers, power, distribution and traction transformers, and a complete range of medium-voltage products. With a 130-year heritage of technology and innovation and a presence in more than 100 countries, ABB continues to shape the grid of the future, by facilitating power capacity, enhancing reliability, improving energy efficiency and lowering environmental impact.

Power generation

ABB provides integrated power and automation solutions for all types of power generation plants, including coal, gas, combined-cycle, nuclear, waste-to-energy and a range of renewables including solar, wind and biomass. ABB technologies help optimize performance, improve reliability, enhance efficiency and minimize emissions throughout the plant life cycle.

Power transmission

ABB’s comprehensive offering includes both AC and DC products, systems and services, which help customers maximize efficiency, reduce transmission losses, and improve grid reliability. Sixty years ago, ABB pioneered high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission, an essential technology in the efficient transportation of large amounts of power over long distances with minimal losses. Our high-voltage technologies, such as switchgear and transformers up to 1,200 kilovolts (kV), help transport power and connect transmission grids over land, underground and even under the sea.

In 2014, ABB launched the world’s most powerful submersible power transmission cable system, a 525-kV extruded HVDC cable that doubles power flow and extends range significantly, enabling greater integration of distant renewable energy sources into the grid and improving grid interconnections. ABB’s substation offering includes flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) technologies that help improve power quality and can significantly increase the capacity of existing AC transmission systems – by as much as 50 percent. FACTS solutions can also be used for the safe integration of intermittent power sources, such as wind and solar, into the grid.

Power distribution

ABB’s distribution offering includes a complete range of medium-voltage products as well as network management and utility communications solutions to monitor, control, operate and protect power systems. These solutions are designed to manage power networks intelligently, ensure the reliability of electricity supplies and enable real time management of transmission grids and distribution networks. The portfolio also includes supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and enterprise software solutions that facilitate the convergence of operational and information technologies.