Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland

ABB is a multinational corporation headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, operating mainly in robotics and the power and automation technology areas. It ranked 158th in the Forbes Ranking .ABB is one of the largest engineering companies as well as one of the largest conglomerates in the world. ABB has operations in around 100 countries, with approximately 150,000 employees in November 2013, and reported global revenue of $40 billion for 2011.ABB is traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zürich and the Stockholm Stock Exchange in Sweden since 1999, the New York Stock Exchange in the United States since 2001, September 2005 on London Stock Exchange and in November 2005 on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Wikipedia.

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The present invention discloses a method of transmitting time-critical messages in an OSI layer 2 network tunnel from a first IED in a first substation to a second IED in a second substation over a WAN, wherein each of the first and second substation comprises an edge IED and is associated with a substation LAN, wherein each of the time-critical messages comprises message parameters. The method comprises the steps of: a) creating a translation table comprising corresponding values of the message parameters, between the LANs and the WAN, b) defining a virtual IED in the second substation using the translated values of the message parameters, to impersonate the first IED, c) translating the message parameters according to the translation table, by the edge IED of the first and second substation, d) forwarding the time-critical messages from the first IED in the first substation to the WAN, and e) receiving the time-critical messages by the second IED in the second substation from the WAN.

A method and system for establishing bidirectional remote communication between a Remote Service Portal and a plurality of drives is described. The method and system use a bidirectional remote communication interface for bidirectional remote communication that comprises a network adaptor for installing a client server connected to the drives and configured for bi-directional secure data exchange and handling the drive related action and data for each drive, a CommGrid server configured as a communication server configured to communicate with the client server and the RSP, and a web socket based communication protocol for the bidirectional remote communication between the RSP, the client server and the CommGrid server that uses request and response packets for handling request actions and response actions respectively, comprising a plurality of blocks, and wherein the plurality of blocks comprise Data block, Digital Signature block, Device Key block and Action specification block.

In aspects, the present invention discloses a method of configuring a plurality of devices of a control system using a configuration server connected to a plurality of data repositories using an engineering data gateway. The method comprises retrieving a first data set from a first data repository from the plurality of data repositories, retrieving a second data set associated with the first data set from a second data repositories from the plurality of data repositories, identifying at least one functional dependencies among the first data set and the second data set, generating a plurality of engineering artifacts including a configuration file, and transmitting the configuration file to a corresponding device from the plurality of devices.

A power cable termination device 3 for a high voltage direct current gas-insulated switchgear 1 is provided. The power cable termination device 3 comprises: an outer housing 4 made of an electrically conducting material, the outer housing 4 being fixedly connectable at a first end thereof to the high-voltage direct current gas-insulated switchgear 1; a terminal portion of a power cable 10, the power cable comprising an electrical conductor 101, an electrically insulating layer 103 circumferentially surrounding the electrical conductor 101, and a conductive shield 104 circumferentially surrounding the insulating layer 103 and the electrical conductor 101, wherein the conductive shield 104 is stripped off along a first part of 10 the power cable 10; an electric field grading system 11 comprising a resistive field grading material layer 7 arranged circumferentially around the power cable 10 such as to extend axially at least along a part of the electrically insulating layer 103 and such as to cover the edge of the conductive shield 104 where the conductive shield 104 is terminated, the resistive field grading material layer 7 being in electrical 1 contact therewith, and a connection device 5 connectable to the gas-insulated switchgear 1 and arranged to provide mechanical support and electrical contact with the gas-insulated switchgear 1.

Abb | Date: 2017-03-01

A rotor (100) for a synchronous reluctance machine, a cross-section of the rotor (100) comprising a pole sector (104) comprising alternating flux paths (106A, 106B) and flux barriers (108A, 108B) and a permanent magnet (110) for strengthening a magnetic flux in the rotor (100). The permanent magnet (110) is arranged onto a flux path (106B) residing between flux barriers (108A, 108B) of a pole sector (104).

There is presented an arrangement for cooling components of a subsea electric system. The arrangement comprises a tank filled with a dielectric fluid. The tank comprises a first section and a second section. The arrangement comprises at least one first electric component located within the first section. The arrangement comprises at least one second electric component located within the second section. The arrangement comprises a first heat exchanger located outside the tank and in fluid contact with the tank, and arranged to during operation be in thermal contact with sea water. The arrangement comprises a pump arranged to force a flow of the dielectric fluid through the first heat exchanger. Flow of the dielectric fluid in the tank is partially by natural convection and partially by forced convection generated by the pump. The at least one first electric component generates more heat than the at least one second electric component. Within the first section the share of the flow by natural convection is greater than within the second section.

An electrical contact tip (5) for switching applications. The contact tip (5) comprises a body comprising a first layer (7a) and a second layer (7b). The first layer (7a) is arranged on the second layer (7b) and is adapted to come i n contact with a corresponding contact tip (5) during switching operations. The first layer (7a) and the second layer (7b) consist of Ag-composites comprising one or more elements, compounds or alloys and the hardness of the first layer (7a) is lower than the hardness of the second layer (7b).

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: LCE-05-2015 | Award Amount: 51.69M | Year: 2016

In order to unlock the full potential of Europes offshore resources, network infrastructure is urgently required, linking off-shore wind parks and on-shore grids in different countries. HVDC technology is envisaged but the deployment of meshed HVDC offshore grids is currently hindered by the high cost of converter technology, lack of experience with protection systems and fault clearance components and immature international regulations and financial instruments. PROMOTioN will overcome these barriers by development and demonstration of three key technologies, a regulatory and financial framework and an offshore grid deployment plan for 2020 and beyond. A first key technology is presented by Diode Rectifier offshore converter. This concept is ground breaking as it challenges the need for complex, bulky and expensive converters, reducing significantly investment and maintenance cost and increasing availability. A fully rated compact diode rectifier converter will be connected to an existing wind farm. The second key technology is an HVDC grid protection system which will be developed and demonstrated utilising multi-vendor methods within the full scale Multi-Terminal Test Environment. The multi-vendor approach will allow DC grid protection to become a plug-and-play solution. The third technology pathway will first time demonstrate performance of existing HVDC circuit breaker prototypes to provide confidence and demonstrate technology readiness of this crucial network component. The additional pathway will develop the international regulatory and financial framework, essential for funding, deployment and operation of meshed offshore HVDC grids. With 35 partners PROMOTioN is ambitious in its scope and advances crucial HVDC grid technologies from medium to high TRL. Consortium includes all major HVDC and wind turbine manufacturers, TSOs linked to the North Sea, offshore wind developers, leading academia and consulting companies.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SGA-RIA | Phase: FETFLAGSHIP | Award Amount: 89.00M | Year: 2016

This project is the second in the series of EC-financed parts of the Graphene Flagship. The Graphene Flagship is a 10 year research and innovation endeavour with a total project cost of 1,000,000,000 euros, funded jointly by the European Commission and member states and associated countries. The first part of the Flagship was a 30-month Collaborative Project, Coordination and Support Action (CP-CSA) under the 7th framework program (2013-2016), while this and the following parts are implemented as Core Projects under the Horizon 2020 framework. The mission of the Graphene Flagship is to take graphene and related layered materials from a state of raw potential to a point where they can revolutionise multiple industries. This will bring a new dimension to future technology a faster, thinner, stronger, flexible, and broadband revolution. Our program will put Europe firmly at the heart of the process, with a manifold return on the EU investment, both in terms of technological innovation and economic growth. To realise this vision, we have brought together a larger European consortium with about 150 partners in 23 countries. The partners represent academia, research institutes and industries, which work closely together in 15 technical work packages and five supporting work packages covering the entire value chain from materials to components and systems. As time progresses, the centre of gravity of the Flagship moves towards applications, which is reflected in the increasing importance of the higher - system - levels of the value chain. In this first core project the main focus is on components and initial system level tasks. The first core project is divided into 4 divisions, which in turn comprise 3 to 5 work packages on related topics. A fifth, external division acts as a link to the parts of the Flagship that are funded by the member states and associated countries, or by other funding sources. This creates a collaborative framework for the entire Flagship.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-26-2016 | Award Amount: 7.65M | Year: 2017

ROSIN will create a step change in the availability of high-quality intelligent robot software components for the European industry. This is achieved by building on the existing open-source Robot Operating System (ROS) framework and leveraging its worldwide community. ROS and its subsidiary ROS-Industrial (European side led by TU Delft and Fraunhofer) is well-known, but its European industrial potential is underestimated. The two main critiques are (1) is the quality on par with industry, and (2) is there enough European industrial interest to justify investing in it? Partially, the answer is yes and yes; ample industrial installations are already operational. Partially however, the two questions hold each other in deadlock, because further quality improvement requires industrial investment and vice versa. ROSIN will resolve the deadlock and put Europe in a leading position. For software quality, ROSIN introduces a breakthrough innovation in automated code quality testing led by IT University Copenhagen, complemented with a full palette of quality assurance measures including novel model-in-the-loop continuous integration testing with ABB robots. Simultaneously, more ROS-Industrial tools and components will be created by making 50% of the ROSIN budget available to collaborating European industrial users and developers for so-called Focused Technical Projects. ROSIN maximizes budget efficacy by alleviating yet another deadlock; experience shows that industry will fund ROS-Industrial developments, but only after successful delivery. ROSIN provides pre-financing for developers which will be recovered into a future revolving fund to perpetuate the mechanism. Together with broad education activities (open for any EU party) led by Fachhochshule Aachen and community-building activities led by Fraunhofer, ROSIN will let ROS-Industrial reach critical mass with further self-propelled growth resulting in a widely adopted, high-quality, open-source industrial standard.

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