Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 9, 2011 - Power and automation technology group ABB has opened its Smart Grid Center of Excellence facility at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University.
The Center, which is backed by a $10 million investment from ABB, was created to demonstrate ABB's technology and investment in the smart grid industry. The Center has functional systems which display the end-to-end solution where information technologies (IT) and operational technologies (OT) converge to close the loop of automation, control and data acquisition.
In addition, there is a Systems Verification Center where the interoperable testing of products and development of advanced applications can take place. This service will allow customers to configure, test and install solutions which will reduce installation time, site acceptance tests and the deployment of new advanced applications.
“As the demand for power continues to grow, and as the electric power grids of today become more complex, they must get smarter to maintain and improve reliability and energy efficiency,” said Enrique Santacana, president and CEO of ABB Inc. and region manager for North America. “This initiative reaffirms ABB's commitment to our customers and to playing an even larger role in the development and implementation of today's smart grid.”
The Center also houses two other complimentary businesses: Substation Automation Products and Systems. The Substation Automation team recently launched the new Relion family of ANSI protection and control products.
ABB will operate the Center in collaboration with several North Carolina partnerships, including the FREEDM Systems Center, local utilities such as Duke Energy and Progress Energy, and other local metering and communications companies.
An official dedication ceremony for the Center will be held in January 2012.