New ABB Smart Grid Center

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 03:10 PM gHale

ABB will create a technology center in Raleigh, NC, focused on the smart grid.
Known as the Smart Grid Center of Excellence, ABB will make an initial investment of $10 million.
ABB will initially house the Smart Grid COE in its existing Centennial Campus facilities at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, with plans to build and lease out space on the Centennial Campus for a permanent facility nearby.
The center will initially house several full-time dedicated ABB employees. These positions will get support by the state of North Carolina, after the state’s Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) committee recently approved grants for new engineering positions in Wake County.
“This initiative reaffirms ABB’s commitment to the smart grid and positions us to play an even larger leadership role in its development and implementation,” said Enrique Santacana, ABB region manager for North America.
Santacana said ABB’s history with the state played a key factor in Raleigh’s selection. “ABB has a positive, long-standing relationship with North Carolina, and Raleigh in particular,” he said. “The combination of North Carolina’s support for technology innovation, our great partnership with N.C. State University, the abundance of engineering talent, support from state officials, and the Triangle’s growing reputation as a hotbed of smart-grid activity make Raleigh the right place to make this investment.”
The Smart Grid Center of Excellence (COE) will include a testing and development laboratory, a verification center to certify customer solutions before deployment, and a demonstration center that will showcase ABB’s smart grid technologies and collaborative partnerships. ABB will work closely with its strategic partner the FREEDM Systems Center. The FREEDM Systems Center, based on Centennial Campus of N.C. State, started in 2008 by NSF to develop smart grid technology based on advanced power electronics and information technology.
“This is a very important development,” said Dr. Alex Huang, Progress Energy Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering, FREEDM Systems Center. “This new initiative by ABB will further enhance our collaboration. We are excited that ABB has initiated this new Smart Grid Center of Excellence and we look forward to collaborating with ABB right here in our own backyard.”

2 Responses to “New ABB Smart Grid Center”

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