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ABB to improve power supply and reliability in Brazil

FACTS solution to boost transmission capacity and improve power quality for electricity consumers in Brazil


ABB has signed a contract worth around $20 million with Furnas – Centrais Elétricas S.A. to supply electrical systems that will enable existing alternating current (AC) lines to transmit higher levels of power to the densely populated Southeast of Brazil. The installation is located close to Brasilia, Brazil’s capital. The order was booked in the third quarter of 2018.

Brazil is the largest electricity market in Latin America, and most of the generation capacity comes from hydropower. The country has an extensive transmission and distribution network. Power is generated by hydro plants located in the northern and western areas of the country and by wind farms located along the east coast. It is then transmitted over long distances to urban load centers located in the southeast.

This north-south interconnection helps optimize the use of both hydro and wind energy, as power can flow in both directions. It also enhances reliability and quality of power supplies.

“ABB has been a long-standing partner in helping develop Brazil’s power infrastructure,” said Patrick Fragman, Head of ABB’s Grid Integration business unit, a part of the Power Grids division. “This latest FACTS power quality installation will enhance the availability of power and improve reliability for consumers in Brazil’s capital.”

Series compensation technologies are part of ABB’s family of Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) technologies, which boost transmission capacity while improving power stability. ABB is a pioneer and a market leader, having delivered more than 800 FACTS installations around the world.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

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