Key achievements of 2013

ABB stands for “Power and productivity for a better world.” Here, we highlight some of our technologies and achievements that are contributing to the economic success of our customers, the development of society, and the minimization of environmental impact.

ABB remains leader for DCS

ABB retained a leading global market position in Distributed Control Systems, a core automation technology, according to researcher and consultant ARC Advisory Group.

ABB remains leader in key market (photo)

Smart substation enabled in China

ABB’s innovative high-voltage disconnecting circuit breakers are being installed in China for the first time as part of a "smart substation” demonstration project.

Smart substation enabled in China (photo)

Offshore wind park connected

ABB successfully commissioned the subsea transmission link connecting Thornton Bank, one of the largest offshore wind farms in Europe, to the Belgian grid.

Offshore wind park connected (photo)

Education foundation expands

An ABB foundation which supports talented engineering students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds has expanded into Indonesia.

Education foundation expands (photo)

Harnessing solar power in Africa

ABB will supply electrical and control systems for one of Africa’s largest solar photovoltaic power plants, a new 75 MW facility in South Africa.

Harnessing solar power in Africa (photo)

Oil and gas looks to subsea future

ABB is working with Statoil to develop electrification solutions for subsea oil and gas production, including components that can operate at depths of 3,000 meters.(1)

Oil and gas looks to subsea future (photo)

A world first in low voltage

Low-voltage circuit breakers are ubiquitous, but the new Emax 2 is the only device that can both protect electrical circuits and adapt energy consumption to actual needs.

A world first in low voltage (photo)

New electric bus tested in Geneva

With no overhead lines and ultrafast charging times, the bus enables new opportunities for silent, flexible, zero-emission urban mass transportation.

New electric bus tested in Geneva (photo)

Providing access to power in India

In partnership with WWF India, ABB has set up a solar-powered, multi-purpose battery charging station which is providing electricity to a community in West Bengal.

Providing access to power in India (photo)

Turbocharging makes a quantum leap

Changes to the A200-L’s compressor stage enable up to 30 percent additional volume flow, allowing customers to use smaller turbochargers and to save space and costs.

Turbocharging makes a quantum leap (photo)

The next robot generation is born

The new IRB 6700 is robust and easy to maintain, making it the highest-performing robot for the lowest total cost of ownership in the 150–300 kg class.

The next robot generation is born (photo)

ABB among leading global innovators

ABB was named one of the world’s leading innovators by the MIT Technology Review, following several innovation milestones, including the recent hybrid HVDC breaker.

ABB among leading global innovators (photo)

Marine technology wins award

A flexible marine power and propulsion system known as Onboard DC Grid won an innovation award at the Offshore Technology Conference, a leading industry event.

Marine technology wins award (photo)

ABB buys leader in solar inverters

ABB acquired Power-One, becoming a leading supplier of inverters – the "intelligence” behind a solar photovoltaic system – to a market growing faster than 10 percent/year.

ABB buys leader in solar inverters (photo)

Smart home solutions get own home

abb-livingspace.com was launched as the new platform for ABB’s products and solutions to make homes more energy efficient, secure and comfortable.

Smart home solutions get own home (photo)

Ultrahigh-voltage success in India

ABB developed, tested and delivered a 1,200 kV power transformer and circuit breaker in India, deploying the highest alternating current (AC) voltage level in the world.

Ultrahigh-voltage success in India (photo)

Best year for cruiser Azipod orders

Six contracts make 2013 the best-ever year for cruise-liner orders of Azipod propulsion equipment, and confirm the system as the preferred option for cruise ships.

Best year for cruiser Azipod orders (photo)

Irish and Welsh grids connected

ABB connected the power grids of Ireland and Wales with an undersea HVDC transmission link that facilitates power trading and the integration of renewable energy.

Irish and UK grids connected (photo)

Switchgear for smarter grids

A new disconnecting circuit breaker with a fiber optic current sensor simplifies substation design while adding to the intelligence of the device.

Switchgear for smarter grids (photo)

New simplified AF contactor range

Delivers energy efficiency and logistics benefits, thanks to its simplified design, fewer product variants and reduced number of coils.

New simplified AF contactor range (photo)

A boost for electric vehicles

Estonia’s network of 165 web-connected fast chargers for electric vehicles was opened, and 200 fast chargers are being installed nationwide in The Netherlands.(2)

A boost for electric vehicles (photo)

Our experts’ knowledge in a box

ServicePort links customer systems and ABB service experts, enabling equipment and process services to be delivered quickly, efficiently, securely, and cost-effectively.

Our experts’ knowledge in a box (photo)

An intelligent solution for utilities

The new Asset Health Center helps utilities establish enterprise-wide asset management processes to cut costs, minimize risks, improve reliability, and optimize operations.

An intelligent solution for utilities (photo)

The latest gas-insulated switchgear

A new line of 145 kV gas-insulated switchgear has a compact modular design, making it easier to install, and lowering life cycle costs and environmental impact.

The latest gas-insulated switchgear (photo)

(1) Image: Courtesy of Photo Øyvind Hagen – Statoil

(2) Image: Courtesy of Fastned