The three transformers have been delivered and are being installed at AEP’s (American Electric Power) Kammer substation, located near Moundsville, West Virginia. A fourth unit, to serve as a replacement transformer, is scheduled for delivery later in the year. Allegheny is upgrading the substation to improve reliability while reducing congestion and unplanned outages, thus benefiting consumers in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
“ABB continues to raise the bar in terms of technology and innovation,” said Tarak Mehta, Head of ABB’s global Transformers business, a part of the company’s Power Products division. “The special design of these transformers will enable large quantities of power to flow at ultrahigh voltage with minimal losses. This will greatly benefit the utility and serve consumers with better power supply”.
Designing and manufacturing the insulation and cooling systems for transformers of this configuration were among the main challenges of this project. Moreover, given their sheer weight and size, transportation was also a challenge.
Transformers are integral components of any electrical grid, and are a critical element in the efficient and safe conversion of energy across diverse voltage systems. ABB’s transformer portfolio includes power transformers rated up to 1000 kV, dry and liquid distribution transformers as well as related services and components.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs around 120,000 people.