ABB enables clean energy supply to Paris

April 27, 2018 - ABB technology secures reliable electricity and reinforces a commitment to sustainable mobility in the French capital

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship brings fully-electric international single-seater street racing to Paris for the third time, celebrating e-mobility technology and promoting the cause of sustainable transportation in the country, where auto racing’s first major races were run in the late 1800s.

Electricity will power Formula E cars around the 1.9-km long Circuit des Invalides, a compact course that winds around the historic Les Invalides complex in the heart of the city, and electricity will also help Paris in its embrace of sustainable mobility. The city has committed to replacing most of its 4,500 diesel buses in the Greater Paris public transportation network with electric buses by 2025 and also has ambitious plans to ban gas and diesel-fueled cars from the city by 2030.

Keeping all of this electricity flowing is the job of state-owned Électricité de France S.A. (EDF), one of the world’s largest producers of electricity. EDF is responsible for electricity generation and distribution, energy trading and transport. At the intersection of these worlds – e-mobility and power systems - is ABB.

ABB is the global leader in modern electric vehicle infrastructure, and leads the way in designing and deploying the power transmission systems that deliver the lifeblood of sustainable mobility -- electricity. For example, ABB is providing a key 1,000 megawatt (MW) HVDC (high-voltage direct current) Light interconnection to the country’s IFA 2 project that links the national electricity networks of France and the United Kingdom.

Interconnections like the IFA-2, help enforce exisiting power grids and they also enable countries to export surplus energy or import energy to balance national supply and demand. They also provide new opportunities for sharing renewable energy. A leading exporter of electricity, France has exchanged electricity with neighboring countries including Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and England for many years. The first IFA subsea link was commissioned in 1986.

ABB’s HVDC Light installation incorporates advanced features that regulate grid fluctuations, help restore power quickly in the event of an outage and protect the link from unexpected disruptions, such as lightning strikes. National Grid in the U.K. and EDF subsidiary Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE) in France, plan to have IFA-2 operational by 2020.

In addition to integrating and supplying electricity, ABB delivers a wide range of charging solutions for electric vehicles, including electric and hybrid buses. In Nantes, ABB will be supplying its innovative flash-charging technology, called TOSA, to 20 of the city’s e-buses. Batteries mounted on the roofs of the Nantes buses will be charged in 20 seconds at selected stops while passengers are getting on and off. It will take less than one second to connect the bus to the charging point, making it the world’s fastest flash-charging connection

ABB developed and delivered the world’s first commercial HVDC project in the 1950s, a subsea connection between the island of Gotland and the Swedish mainland. HVDC is now the first choice for delivering subsea electrical transmissions and interconnections, providing efficient, stable transmission and control, as well as long-distance bulk power transmission that sends vast quantities of power over very long distances with low electrical losses.

ABB continues a long tradition of developing and delivering the innovations that help make interconnected worlds like e-mobility and power transmission ever more efficient, practical and sustainable.

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