With its 30 years of experience, in-depth know-how, global manufacturing footprint and thorough understanding of both wind turbine applications and power systems, ABB serves wind power customers at every stage of the process. ABB is the leading supplier to the wind power industry of electrical products and solutions. Some 30,000 wind turbines are benefitting from ABB's experience in supplying automation and power technologies. For example, the AC500 PLC is the key component for wind turbine control and is used to set reference speeds, turbine orientation to the wind, and for turbine start up and shut down operations, contributing to efficient, reliable and profitable wind turbine operation.
The first stage of Finland's largest wind farm, Kemi Ajos in Northern Finland, became fully operational in 2008. The wind farm, constructed and owned by PVO-Innopower, has 10 three-megawatt turbines (onshore and offshore) with a total production capacity of 30 megawatts. It is connected to the national grid by an 11 kilometer, 110 kilovolt power line. ABB delivered generators and frequency converters to all wind turbines in the project as well as substations and transformers. With its 20 years of experience, ABB serves wind power customers at every stage of a project. ABB's offering includes everything from components for wind turbines to power plant solutions, including electrical design, substation construction, project management, and installation and commissioning.