Retrofit solution brings security and efficiency to Belgium energy supplier


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  • Sustainable energy provider in Belgium embraces circular economy with retrofit switchgear upgrade that also reduces total cost of ownershipTCO)

  • Modernization of aging circuit breakers with the latest vacuum technology delivers a more efficient and reliable energy supply

  • Guaranteeing safer and future proofed energy power plants

A leading Belgium energy supplier has turned to ABB Electrification Service for a retrofill solution to safeguard and extend the safe operating life of its switchgear systems across five of its combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

ENGIE, which specializes in energy supply, management, mobility solutions, solar panel installations and batteries, and asset-based energy services, was looking to modernize its electrical infrastructure by extracting as much value as possible from its existing equipment with high embedded carbon and material footprints – such as switchgear metal cabinets, plates and busbars.

The ABB OneFit Retrofill Solution replaced conventional and aging breaker components with state-of-the-art VD4G vacuum circuit breakers. The upgrade protects mission critical ENGIE assets, such as generators and transformers, against potential short-circuits by isolating power interruptions within milliseconds and preventing severe damage and lengthy plant stoppages.

ENGIE’s technology manager, Nico Verroken, said: “ENGIE is all about providing efficient and sustainable energy solutions that will support our customers in their transition to zero carbon. Our innovative heat and power plants harness the waste heat created during electricity generation and convert it to usable power for the local infrastructure, so their continuous and safe operation is absolutely essential.

“For us, this retrofill from ABB not only provided a low carbon footprint solution, but minimized disruption to energy supply while guaranteeing reliable and safe energy for the long term.”

Another bonus of the OneFit retrofill service is that upgrades can be implemented in stages and staggered to not only optimize capital expenditure, but also to allow work to be completed in short production breaks and within normal planned maintenance downtime.

ABB’s Electrification Service sales engineer, Ben Verboven, added: “Our technical expertise combined with close and transparent collaboration with ENGIE meant the best custom-made and cost effective solution was developed for the business. The highest safety standards for employees across all five sites was guaranteed by providing an extra enclosure inside the switchgear and a closed-door operational mode, which removes the risk of electrical contact injuries.”

Comprising an adaptation kit and standard withdrawable equipment, the OneFit plug-in technology enables the new breakers and switchgear components to be simply and safely connected to a wide range of existing panels, including those of other manufacturers.

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ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB’s Electrification BusinessArea: Electrifying the world in a safe, smart and sustainable way, ABB Electrification is a global technology leader in electrical distribution and management from source to socket. As the world’s demand for electricity grows, our 50,000+ employees across 100 countries collaborate with customers and partners to transform how people connect, live and work. We develop innovative products, solutions and digital technologies that enable energy efficiency and a low carbon society across all sectors. By applying global scale with local expertise, we shape and support global trends, deliver excellence for customers and power a sustainable future for society. go.abb/electrification