The EU has committed to reach 27% of the energy production from renewable energy by 2030. Such an ambitious target results in a quick growth of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) connections to distribution power grid. RES intermittency and high decentralization bring challenges in terms of quality of supply, calling for more flexibility and resiliency.
In addition, more and more stringent governmental regulations result in the challenge of avoiding costly peak-time penalties.
Utilities are nowadays forced to work more efficiently than ever and to offer all-time reliable and highest-quality power to their end-customers, in order to remain competitive in a fast growing sector.
The need for efficient distribution automation systems across the whole energy value chain was never bigger.
ABB offers tailor-made distribution automation systems modernizing the automation beyond the substation.
The distribution automation solutions can be applied to existing pole-mounted disconnectors, load-break switches and new pole-mounted reclosers installation at the field level; at substation level to new secondary switchgears, ring main units (RMU) and refurbishment of existing ones, or utilized at the SCADA/DMS level where it helps to respond rapidly to the consequences of decentralized energy feed-in.
A cost-efficient upgrade of an existing installation with cyber-secure communications connects the three levels in the most effective way.