ABB & EY Empower Romania’s Railways & SMS Group’s Steel

ABB is Driving Electric Mobility with EY in Romania & Pioneering Green Solutions in Sweden’s Steel Industry. ABB’s Roger Affolter tells us more

ABB will deliver a complete traction chain to upgrade 19 of the 5100-kilowatt (kW) locomotives operated by CFR Călători, in Romania. ABB will supply the traction equipment, including transformers, converters and electric motors. The project is also being supported with funds from EY.

ABB pioneering transformations in modern mobility

ABB is a leader in EV charging, in addition to many other technology solutions, the company is transforming modern mobility and the way we consume energy. Through partnerships with key organisations, such as Formula E, the company is bringing companies and their fleets into the future. 

The world’s first all-electric FIA World Championship, which is also certified net zero carbon, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, will see the ‘Girls on Track’ programme (for girls aged 12 to 18) extend to all 11 race weekends in 2024, up from five race weekends previously. Now in its sixth year, Formula E has supported 2,500 girls at 15 race weekends.

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This new project will help to bring Romania’s trains to a higher level of energy efficiency and reliability, in alignment with European transport standards.

"The modernisation of CFR Călători's fleet through this retrofit project is not just an upgrade, it's a transformation pushing Romanian railway transport into the future,” said Roger Affolter, Head of Retrofit, ABB Traction. “Our cutting-edge technology will not only allow these trains to significantly improve their current speed performance but will also set a new benchmark in energy efficiency and reliability in alignment with EU standards." 


ABB drives green steel revolution at SMS Group's H2 Plant in Boden, Sweden

SMS group, a mechanical engineering giant in the metals industry, has chosen ABB’s latest generation of drives for its process technology for H2 Green Steel plant in Boden, Sweden. ABB will provide 1,200 ACS880 low voltage (LV) drives, including the tunnel furnace and the plate mill, as well as the annealing and galvanising line. These drives will provide precision control of equipment as well as a consistent, stable supply of electricity. 

The steel sector is responsible for up to 8% of the world’s energy demand and generates between 7 - 9% of CO₂ emissions. This project will use hydrogen in its furnaces instead of fossil fuels, meaning that the steel made by SMS group will have a 95% lower level of CO2 emissions.

“This is the latest development in ABB’s long standing relationship with SMS group. Our drives have a long track record in the most demanding applications, and it is exciting that they will now contribute to green steel production at Boden,” said Chris Poynter, Division President for System Drives, ABB Motion. “We are proud to play a role in the transformation of the steel industry as it shifts to hydrogen combustion.”


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