“Plug and Play” Microgrid seeks to Boost Renewables
ABB has announced a modular and scalable "plug and play" microgrid solution to address the globally growing demand for flexible technology in the developing market for distributed power generation. The cost-efficient, containerized solution is relevant for mature and emerging countries and will help maximize the use of renewable energy sources while reducing dependence on fossil fuels used by generator sets.
ABBâ€™s innovative technology with the PowerStore Battery and the dedicated Microgrid Plus control system as well as cloud-based remote service can not only provide power access to remote areas, but also secure cost-efficient uninterrupted power supply to communities and industries during both planned and unplanned power outages from the main grid supply.
All the equipment required to run the microgrid â€“ ABBâ€™s power converter and dedicated control system, Microgrid Plus, as well as battery storage â€“ has been integrated into a container for faster, easier and safer deployment. The customer can choose to configure the microgrid to integrate energy from solar, wind, main grid or diesel generator supply, based on the application and local conditions.
ABBâ€™s modular microgrid is compact and has four pre-designed variants in the range of 50 kW to 4,600 kW, to meet varying customer needs. The standard integrated functionalities include grid-connected and off-grid operation with seamless transition. It is a containerized solution designed for easy transporÂtation, fast installation and commissioning onsite. Operations and maintenance is enabled via a cloud-based remote service system, another example of ABBâ€™s clear positioning as a pioneering technology leader driving the energy and fourth industrial revolutions.
â€œOur modular, standardized and scalable microgrid solution will provide cost efficient access to reliable power for rural and urban applications, as a plug-and-play solutionâ€œ, said Claudio Facchin, President of ABBâ€™s Power Grids division. â€œIt exemplifies ABBâ€™s continued commitment to innovation and reducing environmental impact by enhancing the integration of renewable energy sources and reducing dependence on fossil-fuels, all key elements of ABBâ€™s Next Level strategy.â€