Leading power and automation technology group, ABB has won a $50 million order from Phenix Renewables to deliver a 24 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Lazio, central Italy.
Once connected to the grid, the Phenix solar plant will supply up to 35 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity a year, decreasing CO2 emissions by over 25,000 tons, which is equivalent to the annual emission of about 10,000 European cars.
ABB will be responsible for the design, engineering, erection, civil works and commissioning of the plant.
ABB’s modular EBoP (electrical balance of plant) concept will enable fast track execution within four months.
The 24.2 MW plant is based on single-axis trackers, which precisely follow the position of the sun to place PV panels at the best angle for maximum energy production.
Key ABB products in this project include low- and medium-voltage switchgear, transformers, cables, automation and control system as well as protection equipment.
ABB will also build a 150 kV substation equipped with an advanced monitoring and control system to facilitate reliable and efficient integration of the electrical power generated by the solar panels into the grid.
The PV panels will be supplied by the Norwegian company, REC (Renewable Energy Corporation) in consortium with ABB.
According to Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division, ABB technologies are playing a key role in facilitating the generation and integration of renewable energies into power grids.
He adds that efficiency, reliability and minimising the impact of electric power generation on the climate are key drivers in the Phenix project.
In 2010, ABB executed 16 photovoltaic power plants in southern Europe alone ranging in capacity from 1 MW to 24 MW with a total installed capacity of about 100 MW.
The ABB Group, a leader in power and automation technologies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 124,000 people. ABB Australia is the Australian operation of the Group.