PRESS RELEASE | ABB has launched a modular and scalable “plug and play” microgrid solution to address the globally growing demand for flexible technology in the developing market for distributed power generation.

The containerized solution is relevant for mature and emerging countries and will help maximize the use of renewable energy sources while reducing dependence on fossil fuels used by generator sets, the company says.

ABB’s PowerStore Battery and the dedicated Microgrid Plus control system, as well as cloud-based remote service, can provide power access to remote areas and secure cost-efficient uninterrupted power supply to communities and industries during both planned and unplanned power outages from the main grid supply, it says.

All the equipment required to run the microgrid is integrated into a container for faster, easier and safer deployment. The customer can choose to configure the microgrid to integrate energy from solar, wind, main grid or diesel generator supply.

The modular microgrid has four pre-designed variants in the range of 50kW to 4,600kW. The standard integrated functionalities include grid-connected and off-grid operation with seamless transition.

Operations and maintenance is enabled via a cloud-based remote service system.

“Our modular, standardized and scalable microgrid solution will provide cost-efficient access to reliable power for rural and urban applications, as a plug-and-play solution,” said ABB president of power grids Claudio Facchin.

“It exemplifies ABB’s continued commitment to innovation and reducing environmental impact by enhancing the integration of renewable energy sources and reducing dependence on fossil-fuels, all key elements of ABB’s Next Level strategy.”