Did you know that from the Arctic to Australia, ABB products and solutions are being used at holiday destinations across the globe?
Luggage packed, tickets in hand, you’re ready for vacation. Wherever you are headed you are certain to encounter an ABB product or solution. The list is long, so here we’ve focused on spots where water plays a role.
Venice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that almost floats on water. With a network of about 150 canals and 400 bridges the city often faces flooding due to the tidal movement in the Venetian Lagoon. However, ABB’s integrated electrical and automation system is being used in an innovative project designed to block the high tides and storm surges in the Venetian Lagoon, preventing damage to the historic center of the city. Perhaps you want to post a photo on Instagram while enjoying a gondola ride through the city’s canals? No problem. The city WiFi network enabled by an ABB high-performance wireless mesh solution provides free Internet access for Venetian residents, businesses and, for a small fee, to the more than 70,000 tourists who visit the city every day.
In Singapore, a city state surrounded by water, ABB technology is being used to produce clean energy for the national grid. ABB is providing critical components for the world’s largest floating photovoltaic test-bed, located in western Singapore, as an emerging use of solar power.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
In another destination in Asia, ABB digital control and monitoring technologies are strengthening an aging water distribution system for Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, increasing the amount of clean water delivered to the city.
Perhaps you prefer to be on the open seas. ABB solutions power and navigate cruise ships, including some of the world’s largest, everywhere from the balmy Caribbean to the icy Arctic, increasing fuel- efficiency and minimizing environmental impact.
Vision of the Fjords, Norway
For a different sort of sailing experience, ABB powers the innovative Vision of the Fjords, a hybrid ferry that runs silently on batteries along the Nærøyfjord in the west of Norway, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Sightseers are able to enjoy the spectacular nature in almost complete silence at around 8 knots (approx. 15 km/h).
You can find loads of water even in a desert setting. Dubai, for example. ABB powers not only the stunning fountains in front of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, but also ensures reliable, safe power for the building. Part of the Burj Khalifa complex, the Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest dancing fountain, using 6,600 lights with 50 colored projectors and is able to shoot water into air at an impressive 150 meters. ABB also delivers the electrical power supply for Palm Jumeirah Island, a man-made island shaped like a date-palm, connected to Dubai with a bridge.
Splish and Splash
At the largest indoor waterpark in the United Kingdom, the Sandcastle Water Park, ABB’s variable speed drives manage the water circulation and pumping motors. ABB motors and drives are used in water parks in Europe and the US as well.
As you can see, ABB continues to be a pioneering technology leader, providing solutions for utilities and transport & infrastructure sectors that enable us to enjoy our vacations around the world.