ABB wins 2003 Global Energy Award

Battery storage system recognized as engineering project of the year

Zurich, Switzerland, Dec 18, 2003 - ABB, the global power and automation technology group, has won the Platts 2003 Global Energy Award for its part in developing the world's most powerful storage battery system.

The "Energy Engineering Project of the Year" accolade was awarded for the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Fairbanks, Alaska, owned by the Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA). The battery was energized in August.

"We are pleased to receive this kind of recognition for this high-end power transmission component," said Peter Smits, head of ABB's Power Technologies division. "The BESS will stabilize the local grid and reduce the number of outages for Golden Valley's customers by 65 percent."

The BESS will produce up to 27 MW of power for 15 minutes in the event of an outage, allowing the utility enough time to bring back-up generation on line. For a shorter time, the BESS can even produce up to 46 MW. The voltage source converter at the heart of the electrical system comprises standardized Power Electronic Building Blocks (PEBB). This innovative concept was jointly developed by ABB and the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

Now in its fifth year, the Platts Global Energy Awards have become the most prestigious awards program in the industry. There were nearly 200 nominations from every continent and every field of energy in this year's competition. The Energy Engineering Project of the Year Award recognizes innovation, practicality, and commitment to safety and the environment.

Platts ( is a the global leader in providing energy information. For nearly a century, the energy industry has looked to Platts as the most reliable source of independent industry news.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.

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    The Battery Energy Storage System will stabilize the local grid and reduce the number of outages for customers by 65 percent.

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