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ABB to unveil world?s first ?intelligent? distribution transformer

The transformer has a built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connection. (Image source:ABB)

ABB will release the world?s first digital distribution transformer for the Middle East markets during the Middle East Electricity (MEE). The product was first launched in 2017

Integrated sensing and monitoring technology in ABB?s new TXpert? distribution transformer provides intelligence to maximise reliability, optimise operating and maintenance costs and manage the asset more efficiently. This latest innovation builds on the ABB Ability? digital offering that uses cloud computing and connected devices to generate actionable data for a broad range of customers.

Performance data collected from the sensors is stored and analysed within the transformer, offering insights on how it is operating. This provides utilities, industries and installations like data centres with vital information to make key decisions on the operation and maintenance of their transformers and support the management of the asset throughout its lifecycle.

This includes activities such as scheduling of maintenance, optimising system performance and planned asset replacement.

Meanwhile, power grids are undergoing an unprecedented transformation both on the supply and demand side.

Many new and distributed sources of energy, including the influx of renewable energy and new demand loads like data centres and charging stations for electric vehicles, call for a more flexible grid, thus driving the need for greater digitalisation and automation. Intelligent products that can communicate are an essential component in the convergence of information and operational technologies.

?Distribution transformers are vital components in the electrical value chain. This latest innovation extends our digital portfolio and ABB Ability based offering, and reinforces our position as the world?s leading transformer manufacturer,? said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB?s power grids division, adding, ?It also reiterates our next level strategic focus on enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.?

Why TXpert?

? Integrated solution built into the transformer as opposed to a bolt-on attachment

? Capitalised expense (CAPEX) vs. expense on existing operational equipment (OPEX)

? No additional wiring or hardware required

? Time-synched data allows for tr ending analytics (inference and predictive)

? Remotely expandable digital platform that can be accessed while still online

? Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connection

? Flexible configuration to support data through numerous communication mediums

? Part of ABB Ability?

Stand No: H4.D20