ABB to install digital substation at Technopark

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on January 13, 2018 Published on February 17, 2017

ABB India will soon install an 11 kilo-Volt (kV) digital substation at Technopark here.

A digital substation is more compact, flexible, reliable, safe and cost-effective over the life-cycle than a conventional one and simpler to maintain.

Expansion plans

Due to the nature of the industry, the Technopark campus is highly dependent on reliable, round-the-clock power to serve the 350 companies employing more than 50,000 people.

The IT park is envisioned to become a self-contained township with the potential to employ one lakh people working in the fields of IT, biotechnology and nanotechnology. This increases the need for reliable power supplies.

According to Claudio Facchin, President, Power Grids, ABB Group, this will be among the first digital substations in India.

Pitamber Shivnani, President, Power Grids, ABB India, said that India is today a global hub for digital services and transitioning from conventional to the digital power grid is the need of the hour. Digital substations are more dependable and flexible while reducing life-cycle cost and physical footprint, he added.


The digital substation integrates IT and operational technologies and will leverage digital communications via fibre optic cables, instead of traditional copper connections that use analogue signals.

This will improve flexibility, availability, reliability and safety, while reducing installation costs and environmental impact.

The digital substation will also enable the drive for power management efficiencies by turning real time data into actionable intelligence and bringing cost efficiencies. It will be IEC 61850 compliant, ensuring an open communication architecture.

Published on February 17, 2017
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