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ABB to install 'plug-and-play' grids in Alaska

UNITED STATES: Swiss grid specialist ABB has signed an agreement with a local utility in west Alaska to install two micro-grid systems in "last frontier" towns.

The village of Buckland, west Alaska, will benefit from ABB's micro-grid solution (pic: NANA Archives)
The village of Buckland, west Alaska, will benefit from ABB's micro-grid solution (pic: NANA Archives)

The villages of Deering and Buckland are home to around 600 people — mostly indigenous Inupiaq people.

ABB said the villages had sourced wind power, but its variable nature meant it was being "under utilised".

To aid renewable integration, ABB will supply a modular "plug-and-play" micro-grid and storage technology.

"The deployment of these... micro-grid solutions will enhance the integration of renewable energy and enable a stronger, smarter and greener grid in these remote parts of Alaska," said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB's grid automation business, a part of the company's power grids division.

The work is being carried out on behalf of NANA regional Corporation, the local utility that is looking to reduce the region's reliance on imported diesel power generation.

"Our investment in this advanced micro-grid technology from ABB will enable us to maximise the contribution of clean renewable energy and reduce the use of costly diesel fuel for powering our villages and projects," said Wayne Qaniqsiruaq Westlake, CEO of NANA.

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