ABB helps German energy supplier enhance fast charging solutions

ABB has received an order from energy supplier EnBW for the expansion of the charging column network on German motorways. By the end of 2017, ABB will have delivered an additional 117 rapid-charging columns at the locations of service station operator Tank & Rast. The latest generation of charging columns is connected to the Internet via a cloud solution, enabling cashless payments, among other things. Last year, EnBW awarded an order to ABB for 68 such rapid-charging stations with a high-charging capacity of 50 kilowatts (kW). With this latest order, ABB is further expanding itsposition in the charging infrastructure for electric mobility in Germany. ABB has been investing in electromobility since the turn of the century. Since 2010, the group has been offering rapid charging solutions. More than 5,000 networked systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles have been installed worldwide. ABB's portfolio in DC fast charging solutions ranges from 20kW wall boxes to Ultra-Fast Charging solutions for cars and 600kW electric buses. The fast-charging stations, which are now being installed in cooperation with EnBW, have a charging capacity of 50 kW and are very compact, which makes them particularly suitable for highway rest stops, service stations, car dealerships, business locations and highly frequented inner-city areas. The charging stations can be installed in almost every parking configuration and vehicles can be recharged within 30 minutes. Internet-based services – based on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform – enable predictive control. ABB Ability is a portfolio of more than 180 digital solutions for power, industrial, transportation and infrastructure companies. About ABB ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure global-ly. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitaliza-tion and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees. source:automation.com