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ABB to help Brazilian power company enhance electrical distribution

ABB to help Brazilian power company enhance electrical distribution

November 9, 2018 - 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 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.

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. 

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