ABB to supply distribution transformers to CERN research center in Switzerland

2010-09-16 - Agreement to supply high-efficiency dry-type transformers during the next three years

Zurich, Switzerland, Sept.16, 2010 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has signed a three-year agreement for the supply of high-efficiency transformers to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world’s largest centers for scientific research located near Geneva, Switzerland.CERN has just started operating the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the frontier of high energy particle physics.

ABB will supply vacuum cast coil dry-type distribution transformers with power ratings of up to 12,000 kilovolt-amperes (kVA) to replace existing ones at CERN to power the LHC.

ABB’s EcoDry99plus is part of a family of ultra-efficient distribution transformers and meets CERN’s stringent efficiency and environmental requirements. They minimize losses by offering over 99 percent efficiency, which translates to a saving of 33,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year for every 1000 kVA transformer operating at full load. This is equivalent to the average power consumption of 10 standard households.

“We are proud to be associated with a leading research agency like CERN,” said Tarak Mehta, global head of ABB’s Transformers business, part of the company’s Power Products division. “Low losses, high efficiency and minimized operational costs were critical factors in CERN’s decision to choose ABB’s transformers.”

ABB has previously supplied CERN with three 2,500 kVA dry-type transformers, which have already been installed at the Geneva site as part of another project.

ABB is among the world’s largest transformer manufacturers with a wide range of power and distribution transformers and an unparalleled global installed base. The dry-type is an optimum solution for transformers that need to be installed near their place of use. They offer low losses, a reduced footprint and are safe, efficient, eco-friendly, reliable, and are renowned for their long service life. ABB is the technology leader in dry-type transformers with a wide range of applications, both for vacuum-cast (VCC) and for glass-fiber-reinforced (RESIBLOC®) cast-resin transformers.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people.

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