Fault Current Limitation and Arc Protection

Evaluate the risk of arc faults in your power distribution installation

Power system operation fault statistics reveal that a vast majority of the switchgear arc faults are caused by incorrect human actions or by aging network equipment. One way of reducing human-related or equipment-associated fault risks is to focus investments on technological solutions that enhance the operating environment.

Contact ABB in order to perform an arc flash risk assessment in your power system installation and to recommend most appropriate protective equipment.
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Our offering

  • Is-Limiter

    Reduces the short-circuit current in extensions of existing systems and in new systems. Capable of detecting and limiting a short-circuit current during the first current rise, i.e. in less than a millisecond.

Protection & Control

REA

REA

Arc protection system, combines a unique sensor technique with instantaneous and reliable fault detection, solid state trip outputs and an extremely fast total system operating time.

Relion® 615 series

Relion® 615 series

Intelligent Electronic Devices, provide standard configurations and feature three-channel arc-fault protection to increase personal safety

Relion® 620 series

Relion® 620 series

Intelligent Electronic Devices, provide standard configurations and feature three-channel arc-fault protection to increase personal safety

Retrofit solutions

UFES Solutions

UFES Solutions

Various opportunities to upgrade existing MV switchgear with an arc killer to prevent the extreme effects of an arc fault.

Other retrofit solutions

Other retrofit solutions

Exchange of ware parts or outdated equipment components while maintaining original plant and equipment configuration and Improving operator protection

Featured articles

  • What do arc faults and air bags have in common?

    What do arc faults and air bags have in common?

    The key is to extinguish the arc before it can cause any damage. ABB’s UFES does this by making a near-instantaneous connection to earth, snuffing out the arc within 4 milliseconds. This super-fast response is triggered by a light and current sensor that detects a developing arc. This sets off tiny, ultra-fast, gas generators, similar to those used in cars to instantly inflate air bags. In UFES, the gas effectively throws the earthing switch and extinguishes the arc, before it can cause any damage.

  • VIDEO: Internal arc test 100 ms without and with UFES intervention (UniGear ZS1 50 kA)

    VIDEO: Internal arc test 100 ms without and with UFES intervention (UniGear ZS1 50 kA)

    The UFES system, suitable for rated voltages up to 40.5 kV and rated short-time withstand currents up to 63 kA, is an active internal arc fault protection solution for new internal arc classified medium-voltage switchgear as well as for existing older generation switchgear. It helps to avoid serious damage to the switchgear, the equipment and the direct environment. Furthermore it enables the minimization of pressure relief arrangements in switchgear installation rooms with limited access.

  • UFES retrofit on non-ABB switchgear

    UFES retrofit on non-ABB switchgear

    Fire damage had halted steel tube production. After partial decontamination of the substation, ABB MV Service installed a completely new 10 kV switchgear system equipped with the innovative UFES (Ultra Fast Earthing Switch) arc eliminating technology. After verifying the advantages of the UFES retrofit solution at the 10 kV ABB switchgear, it was important for the customer that also the non-ABB switchgear is upgraded to the highest level of internal arc protection.

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