ABB has inaugurated a microgrid at its Vadodora manufacturing facility in Gujarat, India. This is the company’s largest facility in India, with over 3,000 employees and among ABB’s biggest manufacturing hubs in the world.
Vadodara campus microgrid (ABB)
The microgrid is the first of its kind to be installed at a manufacturing campus in India and will use solar energy to help the factory meet its growing electricity needs while lowering its carbon footprint.
The microgrid’s rooftop photovoltaic field and its battery-energy storage system will enable the factory to use green power supplies in the evening hours or during cloudy periods during the day. An ABB Ability™ control and automation system serves as the brain of the microgrid.
When connected to renewable energy sources microgrids provide clean energy, often replacing fossil fuels. They also provide more control to the business on how and when to deploy the stored power. A key benefit is the reduction in overall operational costs and reduced spending on electricity bills.
The company also inaugurated the state-of-the-art ABB PowerTEC institute which they say will be among India’s leading power technology and knowledge centers with a team of experts providing hands-on training on advanced high-voltage equipment, with the latest digital technologies.
“Growth demands power and access to clean, reliable electricity sits at the heart of India’s economic development,” said Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids Division. “The ABB PowerTEC institute will enable customers to benefit from ABB’s domain expertise and enable them to leverage our latest technologies.”
At the Vadodara facility, ABB manufactures critical power equipment like transformers, high voltage products, distribution relays, motors, generators and turbochargers for a variety of national projects and beyond. A cloud-based remote service system will be deployed for the operations and maintenance of the microgrid.