ABB Australia , together with the University of Sydney’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering, has officially opened the ABB Technology Centre at the university campus.
John Gaskell, CEO of ABB Australia, announced the centre complete and fully operational on February 9, 2010 to a crowd of esteemed guests, engineers and industry representatives from Australian and overseas.
John Gaskell said, “The opening of the ABB Technology Centre marks a major step forward in an Australian-first project to close the gap between academia and industry. The centre integrates many professional functions to facilitate learning, industry training and continuous interaction between students, academia and industry.”
Vassilios Agelidis, Professor and Energy Australia Chair of Power Engineering, led the vision of this innovative integrated teaching approach and explained, “The ABB Technology Centre was a concept born to highlight the breadth of talent of Australia’s young engineers and act as a beacon for the way in which electrical engineering will be taught. We have now seen this dream come to reality with the opening of the centre.”
Special guest and CEO of the Australian Industry Group, Heather Ridout, explained about the impact the centre would have on the wider community saying, “The investment that ABB has made in the technology centre will bring benefits way beyond the company itself. The technology centre will bring benefit to the university, the industry as a whole, the economy and the broader community.”
A wide range of ABB products and solutions, 15 different technology demonstrations in total, are housed at the ABB Technology centre. These include:
- Low and medium voltage switchgear
- An AC and DC variable speed drive system
- Substation automation systems
- Instrument and distribution transformers
- Process control system
- An industrial robot