ABB's solar and EV charging solutions in Melbourne

ABB Australia Pty Ltd

Wednesday, 03 October, 2018

ABB's solar and EV charging solutions in Melbourne

Attendees at All-Energy Australia 2018, the nation’s clean and renewable energy event, will have the opportunity to see ABB’s solar and electric vehicle charging portfolio, including its residential storage solution, compact skid and Terra HPC electric vehicle (EV) charger.

David Sullivan, ABB’s Head of Electrification Products for Australia, said: “At All-Energy this year, we are proud to be showcasing many innovative solutions to the market, across all power ranges for grid-connected and microgrid applications. Additions such as the well-proven PVS980 high-power central inverter, the new REACT 2 residential storage solution, as well as the world’s fastest electric vehicle charger, demonstrate how ABB is developing solutions for today and tomorrow’s requirements.”

ABB will strengthen its PVS inverter range by introducing to Australian markets the PVS980-CS compact skid, available up to 4600 kW power rating, designed for large-scale solar power generation. It uses the efficient, reliable and easy-to-maintain PVS980 central inverter that is supported with Australia-compatible simulation models and local service team. The PVS980-CS combines an inverter solution with the medium-voltage transformer and ring main unit into a compact, easy-to-transport, 40′ container-sized package.

The company will also display its REACT 2 energy storage solution, which features a long-life battery with a capacity of up to 12 kWh. According to ABB, it provides up to 10% more energy than lower voltage alternatives. By combining REACT 2 and ABB-free@home, home owners can make the best use of the electricity generated by their photovoltaic system, avoiding consumption peaks by spreading the electricity load and keeping usage within the capacity of the energy harnessed.

REACT 2 transfers the information on solar energy, home consumption and battery status over a wireless network to the ABB-free@home system access point, which can then control other ABB-free@home devices including heating, lighting and music. The company claims REACT 2 allows energy self-sufficiency of up to 90% and makes it faster and more cost-effective to harness solar energy.

ABB entered the EV-charging market in 2010, and All Energy will see it launch its latest charger, the Terra HPC 175-350 kW High Power electric vehicle charger. Initially developed for Electrify America in the US, the Terra HPC charger aims to overcome the challenge of range anxiety. It takes eight minutes to add 200 kilometres to a vehicle’s range, which is enough to travel from Melbourne to Apollo Bay, from Sydney to Newcastle, or to do a return trip from Brisbane to the Gold Coast.

Another charger on display at the conference is the EVLunic AC wallbox portfolio, comprising 52 different variants, which provides an electric car charging point for private and business use. Easy to fit and with a compact design of 50 x 25 cm, the wallbox can be installed at homes or offices.

All-Energy Australia is being held 3–4 October 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Image credit: ©Alfi/Dollar Photo Club

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