ABB to supply equipment for digital substation in Maharashtra

Solar plant in India. Source: NTPC. License: All rights reserved.

June 22 (Renewables Now) - Swiss-based power and automation group ABB (VTX:ABBN) said today it has won a contract in India to provide equipment for a digital substation that will be operated by Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Co Ltd (MSETCL).

The order came from engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Stelmec Ltd and calls for ABB to supply protection and control equipment, as well as a MicroSCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system and process bus.

MSETCL, which is Maharashtra’s power transmission utility, will use the particular digital substation to transmit solar power generated by nearby plants to the rest of the state. The project should improve the reliability, efficiency and safety of the power grid.

ABB says that digital substations, which use fiber optic cables rather than traditional copper connections, will become one of the key elements for flexible power grids and will be helping with the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources. This type of substations facilitates the monitoring, control and maintenance of assets by gathering real-time data on primary equipment and converting it into actionable intelligence, the company explained.

Recently, ABB commissioned a 110-kV digital substation at India’s largest IT park -- the Technopark in the southern state of Kerala.

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