ABB to supply power for a Canadian data center

Substation with compact gas insulated switchgear will enhance power reliability and security

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ABB will supply an integrated substation to Hypertec to support the expansion of an existing data center, to meet growing demand.

As part of the upgrade, the existing 25 kV power supply will be enhanced to 120 kV, to improve security and reliability of power supplies for the critical facility.

Large data centers are industrial scale operations that can use as much electricity as a small town. They are often located in cold climates to minimize the cost of cooling and related electricity consumption.

Montreal’s cool environment is well suited for datacenters with the added advantage of competitive electricity tariffs based almost completely on renewable hydropower. Quebec also offers attractive tax incentives to promote the information technology sector.

Data centers usually operate with ‘redundant’ or backup provisions for critical functional elements like power, data communication connections, environmental controls and security devices. ABB’s solution will serve this need and at the same time provide enhanced power availability and efficiency.

The turnkey project, expected to be completed by the end of 2017, includes the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the 120kV GIS substation with 25kV distribution. At the heart of the solution is a 120 kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) housed in a robust, prefabricated structure to facilitate fast installation and commissioning and minimize the need for on-site work in harsh weather conditions.

In addition to enabling quick power deployment and cost efficiency, the equipment is designed for high reliability and security standards, especially important in the datacenter industry. The site is located in close proximity to ABB’s new Montreal campus, supporting efficient collaboration during project execution and easy access to ABB expertise post deployment.

The Hypertec Group, headquartered in Montreal, Canada is a global provider of information technology products and services serving more than 3,000 customers in over 70 countries.

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