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ABB announces commissioning of two Italian digital substations

ABB announces commissioning of two Italian digital substations

December 7, 2018 - ABB has commissioned two digital substations located in Tolve and Vaglio, part of the Basilicata region in southern Italy. The substations will integrate and transmit electricity generated by local wind farms to homes and businesses in the region and will contribute to Italy’s 2030 goal to meet 28 percent of its energy needs through renewables.

Key supplies to the substations include ABB Ability-based automation and control systems, intelligent protection equipment, transformers with sensors, digitally enabled switchgear and advanced communication systems. ABB has also signed a 20 year service contract to support the operations of the new digital substation in Vaglio. This solution includes 24/7 online monitoring through remote control centers based in Genoa, Sesto San Giovanni and Santa Palomba.

Substations are key elements in power grid infrastructure that facilitate the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity. They control and protect power flows, connect power stations to the grid and link transmission and distribution networks as well as end consumers.

The wind power generated in the Basilicata region in southern Italy supplies more than half of the total regional energy demand. The region is well known for its pre-historic town of Matera, which is one of the oldest inhabited parts of the world and has been designated as a European capital of culture 2019.

The digital substation in Vaglio was commissioned for Lucania Wind Energy Srl and the Oppido Lucano one was commissioned for Tolve Wind Holding Srl deployed in collaboration with the Italian Engineering, Procurement and Contracting (EPC) company, PLC Service Srl.

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