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ABB “Green Factory” to write the future of new energy

ABB recently celebrated its new green factory at Shanghai Minhang as the installed 3.1-MW solar power facilities began official operation. The project marks the company’s latest move to achieve low-carbon and sustainable development. Guests from Shanghai Electric Power Co, Shanghai Land Minhong (Group) Co and Shanghai Minhang Park PV Project Co as well as the management representatives of ABB in China attended the launching ceremony.

The installment is capable of generating 3 million kWh/a, meeting half demand of ABB and delivering extra 300,000 kWh/a to the local grid. The project is expected to bring considerable social and environmental benefits, saving 1,050 tce/a (equivalent to the plantation of 300,000 trees), reducing carbon emissions by 2,616 t, sulfur emissions by 78 t and nitride emissions by 39 t.

Wang Yundan, chairman of Shanghai Electric Power, said, “I’m glad to see all parties have sincerely cooperated since the contract signing of this pilot project in October 2017, which plays a leading role in the energy performance contracting market. In Shanghai, we are accelerating the formation of a business model for distributed energy supply projects, actively exploring the customized energy service market and innovatively developing emerging industries such as smart city and Internet Plus. This is the first distributed PV green energy project jointly developed by Shanghai Electric Power and ABB.”

“Several ABB companies in Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing have already installed rooftop solar power or microgrid systems, proving a beneficiary while pioneering in developing clean energy. By building the ‘Green Factory’, ABB strives to minimize the impact of production operations on the environment and fulfill our social responsibility through prompt actions.” Dr. Chunyuan Gu, President of Region Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) of ABB Ltd and Chairman and President of ABB (China) Ltd., said at the ceremony. “As a global technology leader, ABB will continue to develop and provide green and efficient solutions to promote the development of clean energy and contribute to the sustainable social and economic development to build a beautiful China.”

Fang Jingjing, vice president of Shanghai Land Minhong and chairman of Shanghai Minhang United Development Co, said, “This is the first distributed PV green energy project in Minhang Economic and Technological Development Zone. Adopting the mode of ‘generating power for private use and feeding surplus power to the grid’, it will be a new chapter in the development zone’s grid development and new energy promotion. It is another significant achievement that reflects the concept of ‘green development’ highlighted in the 19th NCCPC report, adding green, environmental-friendly and intelligent elements to its further development and helping the zone form a new pattern of energy mix optimization and innovative development of enterprises.”

In recent years, China has been accelerating the transformation toward clean and low-carbon energy, achieving remarkable development of renewable energy by possessing the world’s largest hydro, wind and PV power installed capacities. As planned, the proportion of non-fossil fuels in the country’s primary energy consumption will reach 15% and 20% respectively by 2020 and 2030. In this process, ABB’s leading products, technologies and solutions can perfectly cater to the rapid development of clean energy in the country.

In the PV industry, ABB offers a full range of products and solutions covering the entire value chain as well as professional technical support and services for power generation, transmission and distribution in off-grid and grid-connected applications. The company has participated in a number of large-scale PV power station projects worldwide, such as China’s largest coastal PV power station located in Dongtai, Jiangsu province, the world’s largest floating PV test platform in Singapore and the Nordic Region’s largest solar power station in Denmark. At the end of 2017, the company set up a new energy technology center in Shenzhen to further enhance its local R&D capabilities to support China’s development of PV industry and clean energy.

As a major subsidiary of State Power Investment Corp and one of the most important electric energy enterprises in Shanghai, Shanghai Electric Power is actively engaged in restructuring. New energy installments such as wind and solar account for 15.35% of its total installed capacity of over 12GW, clean energy production thus takes up more than 35.86%. Currently, the company is vigorously developing under the strategic layout of “being leading in Shanghai, strong in China and excellent in the world”.

Approved by the State Council in 1986 and covering an area of 3.5km2, the Minhang Economic and Technological Development Zone is one of the first national-level development zones in China. Up to now, the zone has formed an industry map dominated by equipment manufacturing, biomedicine and new materials, accommodating 20 R&D institutes with international advances and 14 enterprise clusters. Enterprises invested by Fortune 500 multinational companies account for more than 40% of the total enterprises in the zone.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. As title partner of Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 17,000 employees located in 139 cities, 40 local companies, and online and offline channels across over 300 cities.