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Hitachi and Tensio to deliver Norway’s first digital substation

Norway, Sutterø: Virtual reality designed, fully digitalised substation will reduce the environmental impact whilst enabling a more resilient and sustainable grid around Trondheim.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids is collaborating with the Norwegian power grid operator Tensio TN AS on the delivery of a new, eco-efficient, digital, 145 kV substation at Sutterø. The project will extend and increase the reliability of the electricity grid in Central Norway. The substation delivery is expected by June 2021.

Using virtual reality design and engineering tools, two companies will to co-create an integrated substation solution with a reduced physical and environmental footprint. This solution includes an eco-efficient gas-insulated switchgear, with AirPlus™ gas, replacing the industry standard sulphur hexafluoride, with fibre-optic cables instead of traditional copper cables, where possible. This innovation is in line with Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ commitment to work with alternative eco-efficient gasses to reduce carbon footprint.

“Working closely with customers to create and deliver effective, environmentally-friendly solutions is of strategic importance to us,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of the Grid Integration Business Unit at Hitachi ABB Power Grids. “Our collaboration with Tensio TN on this project exemplifies this approach and we are very excited to be piloting this new and innovative solution to help facilitate a stronger, smarter and greener grid in the Stjørdal area.”

Source: Hitachi ABB