Power and automation technology group ABB has secured a contract with Azienda Comunale Elettricità e Acque (ACEA) to supply medium voltage products for the utility’s smart grid project across Rome’s electrical distribution network.

ABB will supply its UniSec switchgear from the Relion product range, which has been developed for the smart grid applications with combined current and voltage sensors for use in secondary substations.

The equipment will be used in one of eight pilot projects approved and partially financed by the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas.

Bruno Melles, head of ABB’s Medium Voltage Products business, part of the company’s Power Products division, said: “The installation of these intelligent products will result in reduced number of outages and cut down the average duration of service interruptions.

“In case of a fault, they will enable early detection and quick restoration.”

ABB and ACEA have already worked together testing parts of the Italian capital’s electrical grid.

The simulations, many of which were carried out at ABB’s Smart Lab in Dalmine, in northern Italy, involved two primary substations, 76 secondary substations, four distributed generation plants, several customers connected at a medium voltage level and around 1,200 low voltage users.

Rome-based ACEA is a multi-utility company that develops and manages grids and services related to water, energy and the environment with a customer base of more than eight million.