ABB's Hungarian manufacturing plant to capture the sun's energy

2012-11-14 - Solar power provides more than 50 percent of the energy required by ABB’s compact secondary substation factory in Fót, in Hungary

Tanja Vainio, manager of ABB in Hungary (left) Peter Terwiesch, head of ABB Central Europe (center) Hanu Kasi, manager of ABB Czech Republic (right)
ABB’s compact secondary substation (CSS) factory and its new warehouse in Fót, the industrial zone of Budapest, has become one of the greenest industrial facilities in Hungary. ABB has just started to generate energy from its newly installed 30-kilowatt (kW) solar power plant, which will produce 28 megawatt-hour (MWh) annually and save 14 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

In the last two months, 126 poly-crystalline 240W solar modules were mounted on a flat roof on top of the ABB CSS Fót manufacturing plant. Energy from the sun is harnessed by 6 PVS300-TL4600W-2 4.6 kW solar inverters. Performance of the system is monitored by SREA-50 monitoring adapter and data acquisition is integrated into ABB’s KNX intelligent building control system.

“One of the main objectives of the European Union is to increase the share of renewable energy to 20 percent of total energy consumed in Europe by 2020. In Hungary, the share of renewable energy is currently around 5 percent, and the goal is to reach 13 percent by 2020. ABB is proud to be able to help with Hungary’s goal with the investment in Fót, and hope to contribute to many more similar projects in the future,” said Tanja Vainio, Country manager for ABB Hungary.

Solar plant of the roof top of ABB's CSS factory in Budapest, Hungary provides 70 percent of the factory's electric power on a sunny day
The solar power plant, with its yearly output of 28 MWh, is able to provide up to 70 percent of the electricity needed to operate the factory in sunny weather, making the ABB Fót plant the only factory in Hungary that covers a substantial part of its energy supply with roof-mounted solar panels. In this industrial plant – in one of the greenest industrial facilities in Hungary – a solar energy training and demonstration center will be built for the existing and future partners of the company.

ABB is aspiring to become market leader in photovoltaic (PV) energy conversion, transport and security solutions in Hungary and gain further experience regarding domestic demand.

ABB offers a diverse and proven portfolio of products and solutions for the entire solar power value chain. In addition to a comprehensive offering for residential, commercial and industrial photovoltaic applications, ABB offers turnkey solutions for large-scale photovoltaic and solar thermal power plants, as well as full service and operations and maintenance support for both ABB and third-party-commissioned plants. ABB has delivered more than 50 turnkey PV power plants worldwide.

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    Roof top solar plant on ABB CSS Fót manufacturing facility
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