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ABB to Supply Distribution Transformers to CERN Research Centre in Switzerland

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As part of an agreement with CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, ABB will supply high-efficiency transformers for the Large Hadron Collider project.   

ABB Australia is the Australian operation of the world-leading power and automation technology group.  

ABB has signed a 3-year agreement with CERN, one of the world’s largest centres for scientific research located near Geneva, Switzerland. CERN has just started operating the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the frontier of high energy particle physics.

ABB will supply vacuum cast coil dry-type distribution transformers with power ratings of up to 12,000 kilovolt-amperes (kVA) to replace existing ones at CERN to power the LHC.

ABB’s EcoDry99plus is part of a family of ultra-efficient distribution transformers and meets CERN’s stringent efficiency and environmental requirements.

These distribution transformers minimise losses by offering over 99 percent efficiency, which translates to a saving of 33,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year for every 1000 kVA transformer operating at full load. This is equivalent to the average power consumption of 10 standard households.

Tarak Mehta, global head of ABB’s Transformers business, part of the company’s Power Products division says that critical factors such as low losses, high efficiency and minimised operational costs were behind CERN’s decision to choose ABB’s transformers.

ABB has previously supplied CERN with three 2,500 kVA dry-type transformers, which have already been installed at the Geneva site as part of another project.

ABB is a major manufacturer of transformers in the world with a wide range of power and distribution transformers. Dry-type transformers are optimum solutions for transformers that need to be installed near their place of use. Key advantages include low losses, reduced footprint, safe, efficient, eco-friendly and reliable operations as well as a long service life.

ABB is the technology leader in dry-type transformers with a wide range of applications, both for vacuum-cast (VCC) and glass-fibre-reinforced (RESIBLOC) cast-resin transformers.

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