Power Grids as discontinued operations
The Power Grids business is reported as discontinued operations in the Consolidated Financial Statements for all years presented. See “Note 3 Changes in presentation of financial statements” to our Consolidated Financial Statements.
Power Grids Business
The Power Grids business is a global leader in power technologies and aspires to be the partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid. The Power Grids business provides product, system, software and service solutions across the power value chain that are designed to meet the growing demand for electricity with minimum environmental impact. These solutions support utility, industry and transport & infrastructure customers to plan, build, operate and maintain their power infrastructure. They are designed to facilitate the safe, reliable and efficient integration, transmission and distribution of bulk and distributed energy generated from conventional and renewable sources.
Approximately two-thirds of the revenues in the business are generated from utility customers and the remaining portion is generated from industry and transport & infrastructure customers. Power Grids has a worldwide customer base, with a wide geographic spread of revenues across the Americas, Europe and AMEA. The business also has a globally diversified and well-balanced manufacturing and engineering footprint. Direct sales account for the majority of total revenues generated by the business while external channel partners such as EPCs, wholesalers, distributors and OEMs account for the rest.
Products and Services
The Grid Automation operation is at the forefront of grid automation and digitalization. It supplies substation automation products, systems and services. It also provides Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for transmission and distribution networks as well as a range of wireless, fiber optic and power line carrier-based telecommunication technologies for mission critical applications. The operation offers microgrid solutions that are being increasingly deployed for remote and partially grid-connected applications. Also included in this operation is ABB Ability™ Ellipse, an industry leading software solution for managing and optimizing assets, operations, logistics, financials and HR, reducing operating costs and improving productivity for customers.
The Grid Integration operation is among the world’s leading providers of transmission and distribution substations, associated life-cycle services and HVDC systems. The substations are used in utility and non-utility applications including renewables, rail, data centers, various industries, battery energy storage and shore-to-ship power supply. The HVDC systems use Line Commutated Converter (HVDC Classic) technology or Voltage Sourced Converter (HVDC Light) technology. The Grid Integration portfolio also includes the Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) business, which comprises Static Var Compensation (SVC) and static compensator (STATCOM) technology. These systems stabilize voltages, minimize losses, and keep power quality in accordance with grid codes. The Grid Integration business’ portfolio also includes a range of high power semiconductors, a core technology for power electronics deployed in HVDC, FACTS and rail applications.
The High Voltage products operation is a global leader in high voltage switchgear up to 1200 kV AC and 1100 kV DC with a portfolio spanning air-insulated, gas-insulated and hybrid technologies. It manufactures generator circuit breakers, a key product for integrating large power plants into the grid. The portfolio also includes a broad range of capacitors and filters that facilitate power quality, instrument transformers and other substation components.
The Transformers operation supplies transformers that are an integral component found across the power value chain, enabling the efficient and safe conversion of electricity to different voltages. The product range is designed for reliability, durability and efficiency with a portfolio that includes dry- and liquid-distribution transformers, traction transformers for rail applications and special application transformers plus related components, for example, insulation kits, bushings and other transformer accessories.
The Power Grids business also has an extensive portfolio of service offerings. This is a growing focus area, leveraging the significant installed product base. The portfolio includes spare parts, condition monitoring and maintenance services, on- and off-site repairs as well as retrofits and upgrades. Advanced software-based monitoring and advisory services are being added to the portfolio to enable digitalization of grids. ABB Ability™, the company’s unified, cross-industry digital capability enables the business’ specific connected solutions portfolio.