ABB Reaches 5GW Milestone Delivering Solar Plant Automation Solutions

Bengaluru, India – ABB Ltd achieved cumulative 5-gigawatt (GW) mark with its Programmable Logic Controller-based (PLC) solar plant automation solutions in India. This achievement is a result of many significant solar power projects that the company won for its Utility-Scale SCADA and String Monitoring Solutions across the country. The company’s SCADA system is an automation control solution that helps in the efficient running of solar plants and enables plant operators to monitor and analyze relevant solar project data seamlessly in one location. It addresses the needs of the renewable energy industry and encourages the company’s efforts to develop technologies that help in securing a sustainable future.

The Utility-scale SCADA solutions, delivered as a part of the company’s Drive Products offering, reduce the cost and investment risk in operating photovoltaic (PV) power plants. In most utility-scale solar PV projects, string boxes are equipped with monitoring systems that perform various kinds of protection, performance, and efficiency monitoring. The String Monitoring Solutions by the company minimize downtime and boost productivity, while enhancing the safety of PV panels, and the entire plant. The energy production of a PV plant can be increased to 30 percent in optimal locations, through tracking devices. The ABB AC500 PLC, part of the automation solution, uses high-precision solar algorithms to ensure precision alignment and accuracy of sun movement, of all types of trackers.

In this context A R Madhusudan, President - Drive Products, Motion, ABB India Ltd stated, “This milestone reinforces ABB’s next level strategy of driving the renewable energy revolution with market-focused technologies. The recent measures unveiled by the Indian government in its annual budget will boost local manufacturing, encourage new investments, and address the challenge of availability of funds for setting up solar plants in India.”  He further added, “This is a positive move for the industry and will catalyze India’s plans of generating 100 gigawatt (GW) of solar power by 2022. We, at ABB, will continue to play a key role in achieving this target.”

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