ABB joins Friends of the Supergrid

Friends of the Supergrid (FOSG) recently announced that ABB has become a new member of the Association. FOSG says it hopes ABB’s current R&D projects will lead to the development of technologies that will help make the visionary ideas of the Supergrid a reality while minimising environmental impact.
ABB joins Friends of the Supergrid

“As one of the world leaders in power and automation technologies, ABB is an essential partner that FOSG is very proud to count on among its expertise,” the Association said in a recent statement.

Supergrid will be developed and built using the next generation of HVDC technology, thanks to which it will not only be possible to transmit electricity efficiently from remote locations to the urban areas where most of us live and work but also enable a more interconnected grid that facilitates balancing of loads and pooling of resources. It is envisaged that ABB's contribution to the work of FOSG will help to greatly expand what has been technically possible to date with regard to major power grids.

"As a pioneer and market leader in HVDC technology we believe that we can contribute with both experience and know-how to this association and look forward to working with the other members of the group" said Martin Gross, Head of ABB's Grid Systems business, a part of ABB's Power Systems division.

FOSG counts on 23 members including: 3E, ABB, ACS-Cobra, ALSTOM, CESI, CG, DEME Blue Energy, DONG Energy, Elia, General Electric, Hochtief Solutions AG, INTEL, Mainstream Renewable Power, UK National Grid, Nexans, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Prysmian Cables & Systems, Red Eléctrica of Spain, RTE-France, Siemens, Vattenfall, Visser & Smit Marine Contracting and wpd offshore.

Friends of the Supergrid are organising a forum for an open and focused debate among all interested parties on the challenges and opportunities of the Supergrid towards EU integration. The SUPERGRID 2012 Conference will take place at the Wolubilis in Brussels (Belgium) on 21 March 2012.

[Photo: Courtesy of ABB. HVDC cable loaded on turntable.]

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