Contact Center Industry News

TMCNet:  ABB wins $130-million HVDC order for subsea power transmission link in Finland

[December 13, 2012]

ABB wins $130-million HVDC order for subsea power transmission link in Finland

Dec 13, 2012 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $130 million from Kraftnat Aland AB to supply a new power transmission link between the Finnish mainland and Aland.

The high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system will be capable of transmitting 100 MW (megawatts) of electricity with minimum losses across a distance of 158 kilometers.

The Aland archipelago, an autonomous Finnish province at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea, presently receives its power through an AC (alternating current) cable from Sweden and local renewable sources. The existing fossil fueled power generation backup facility will be closed down once the new link is in operation. Apart from resolving the supply issue and reducing dependence on fossil fuels, the HVDC Light ® link will enhance the contribution of renewables to the grid and help Finland reach its emission reduction targets.

"The link will enable the integration of more renewable energy, provide security of power supply and grid reliability to Aland," said Brice Koch, head of ABB's Power Systems division. "Our in-house manufacturing capability for converters, cables and semiconductors -- the key components for HVDC -- combined with our global track record will help us to deliver a best-in-class solution." ABB will design, engineer, supply and commission two 100 MW, ±80 kV (kilovolt) HVDC Light converter stations, one situated in Ytterby, Aland and the other in Nadendal, Finland. Two 80 kilovolt (kV) submarine cables, each 158 km long, will enable the transmission of power. The link is scheduled to become operational in 2015.

The HVDC system incorporates special features such as active AC voltage support providing greater network stability and the unique 'black-start' capability, which provides faster grid restoration in the event of a blackout. The system is DC grid enabled, ie, prepared for a multi-terminal configuration, which allows for additional in-feed from stations, such as future wind power plants.

HVDC Light technology enables underground and subsea transmission, and offers several environmental benefits, such as neutral electromagnetic fields, oil-free cables and compact converter stations. It is an ideal solution for connecting remote power sources like renewables to mainland networks, overcoming distance limitations and grid constraints, while ensuring robust performance and minimal electrical losses.

ABB pioneered HVDC transmission technology almost 60 years ago and has extensive experience in both new installations and refurbishments. ABB remains the world leader in this highly-efficient technology, with over 70 HVDC projects around the world, providing a total transmission capacity of more than 60,000 MW.

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 145,000 people.

((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties. Further information on M2 PressWIRE can be obtained at on the world wide web. Inquiries to

[ Back To Cloud Contact Center's Homepage ]


Featured Resources

Featured Report
Millennial Research on Customer Service Expectations

Millennial Research on Customer Service Expectations

The "why" behind this research is simple: our clients recognize that different generations bring different expectations, varied communication preferences and new customer service patterns to the customer experience...
Featured Report
Optimizing the Customer Experience through Cloud Contact Centers

Optimizing the Customer Experience through Cloud Contact Centers

Adoption of cloud contact centers is on the rise. Findings from Aberdeen's January 2014 'Public Cloud vs. On-Premise: How to More Effectively Deploy a Cloud Center' study shows that 31% of contact centers are deployed in the cloud, and our related blog post highlights that companies anticipate their adoption of cloud technology to rise further throughout 2014...
Featured Report
Aberdeen report

Aberdeen Report: Cloud for Mid-Sized Contact Centers – What You Must Know

Cloud Technology is opening new doors for many businesses. However, it does so only when it's combined with the use of best practices and key technology enablers. This document highlights the adoption of cloud technology by mid-size contact centers and illustrates the reasons driving their investments...
Featured Whitepaper
Aberdeen report

Seven Critical Capabilities to Demand From Your Cloud Contact Center Provider

To deliver a world-class customer experience, your contact center must be flexible and reliable, while providing all the tools agents and supervisors need to manage their workflows. Here are seven critical capabilities to look for when deploying a contact center in the cloud...
Featured Webinar

Contact Center Economics and the Cloud

Together, Bob and Drew will help you understand the economic value of upgrading technology, important business and financial considerations, and how to compare total cost of ownership of a premises vs. cloud or hosted solution. Watch the webinar on-demand now...
Featured Datasheet
Zipwire Cloud Contact Center

Zipwire Cloud Contact Center

The appeal of moving services to the cloud is obvious. Cloud services offer reliability and robust feature sets without the need to implement or maintain complex contact center infrastructure. The Zipwire™ cloud-based contact center allows businesses to leverage the flexibility and cost savings of cloud architecture while offering a seamless, first-class customer experience...