ABB, a company with a history of over 130 years, is present in over 80 countries with 4 divisions: Electrification, Robotics and Automation, Process Automation, and Electric Drives. “Electrification business means products and solutions for medium and low voltage, direct current, electric vehicle chargers, smart building solutions, advanced digital innovations, and their interconnection”, said Constantin Ichimoaei, Executive Manager, ABB Romania, at the “Smart cities – efficient buildings, green infrastructure, digitalization” conference, organized by Energynomics.
“Before developing we need to have a vision, to promote. Around 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. Electricity currently accounts for 30% of global energy mix, but the share is increasing. In 2020, more than 33 billion devices were connected to the network. At the same time, in 2030, there will be more than half a billion electric vehicles globally,” Ichimoaei added.
He recalled that at an exhibition at the Parliament Palace in 2014 from those who were approached, nobody believed in electric mobility. “While in 2014 nobody believed in electric mobility, in 2020 we signed a contract for Suceava, 30 e-charging stations for 50 kW and 13 e-charging stations for 150 kW, with the first delivery this June. We, now, have Terra chargers installed in parking lots, malls, gas stations, and in many other places in Romania. The solution installed in Suceava provides interoperability – it is compatible with all the buses, from most of the producers”, he added.
Cities, globally, are in competition to attract labor and investment. Citizens expect a good quality of life and will go where better conditions are offered. In this respect, cities will become even more important for the global society.
“A smart city has to satisfy most of the demand of citizens: comfort, education, tourism, health services, and public safety. It must facilitate connectivity between people, institutions, industries and have sustainable services and systems and also smart buildings – where ABB is the global leader with complex solutions, a smart industry, robotized, automated, and smart transport. All the chargers ABB delivers are connectable and connected in the cloud and enable remote communication. We have to deliver quality services for such cities,” he said.
Globally, ABB installed more than 22 thousand e-chargers. Renewable energy with storage is used in electrical buildings and infrastructure.
“There are very big changes in infrastructure. The shift is from centralized production and distribution to micro-grids. Chargers for e-motors need power. In addition, we see more and more investment in renewables, power storage, the automation of homes and buildings. Over the last year, work systems have changed a lot, and automation has become both at work and at home a necessity for life’s comfort,” Ichimoaei said.
ABB offers products and services for the smart city: utilities, transport, industry, and smart buildings. The software solution ABB Ability, a digital solution for smart buildings, is the digital answer for all the services in a building – from lighting, air conditioning, and heating control, to motion detection, and energy consumption monitoring. Chargers for electric cars, buses, and other vehicles are connectable and they enable remote management and ABB Ability offers connection solutions. ABB has full solutions for traction substations for trams, trolleybuses, and subways, as well as solutions for recovery of braking energy.
The conference “Smart cities – efficient buildings, green infrastructure, digitalization” was organized by Energynomics, with the support of our partners ABB, ACE Industrial Software, Bjorn Heizung, Claritech, Eaton, EnergoBit, Horvath & Partners, SAS România & Moldova, Wiren.
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