nd automation, bulk power transmission, substations and network management. Products and Services The Power Systems division delivers solutions through four businesses, including Power Generation, Grid Systems, Substations and Network Management. The scope of work in a typical turnkey contract includes design, system engineering, supply, installation, commissioning and testing of the system. As part of the business model, the Power Systems division integrates products from both the Power Products division and external suppliers, adding value through design, engineering and project management to deliver turnkey solutions. The Power Generation business is a provider of automation solutions for all types of power generation plants, including coal, gas, combined-cycle, waste-to-energy and a range of renewables, including hydro, solar, wind and biomass. The business also serves the water industry, including applications, such as pumping stations and desalination plants. As part of the Grid Systems business, ABB provides an offering of AC and DC transmission systems, which help customers to reduce transmission losses, maximize efficiency and improve grid reliability. HVDC technology is designed to transmit electrical power over long distances through overhead lines and underground or submarine cables with minimum losses. HVDC is also used for grid interconnections. HVDC Light, a compact form of ABB's classic HVDC technology, is ideal for linking offshore installations, such as wind farms or oil and gas platforms, to mainland grids and for interconnections, often through subsea links. The environmental benefits of HVDC Light, include neutral electromagnetic fields, oil-free cables and compact converter stations. The company also offers a range of land and submarine cables through its Grid Systems business, as well as accessories and services for a range of applications from medium- to high-voltage AC and DC systems. The portfolio includes high-performance XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) insulated cables for high efficiency transmission systems at voltages up to 525 kilovolts. When it comes to transmission grid solutions, the company manufactures its own power semiconductors, which are a key enabler for HVDC, flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS) and other technologies, serving a range of sectors, including transportation and wind. The company has delivered air- and gas-insulated substations in all kinds of environments, from deserts and mountains to offshore rigs and crowded city centers. Its substation offering spans a range of voltage levels up to 1,100 kilovolts, serving utility, industry and commercial customers, as well as sectors, such as railways, urban transportation and renewables. FACTS solutions help improve power quality and can significantly increase the capacity of existing AC transmission systems, by as much as 50 percent, while maintaining and improving system reliability. FACTS technologies also boost transmission efficiency, relieve bottlenecks and can be used for the safe integration of intermittent power sources, such as wind and solar, into the grid. By enhancing the capacity of existing transmission infrastructure, FACTS solutions can alleviate the need for capital investment, reducing the time, cost and environmental impact associated with the construction of new generating facilities and transmission lines. By improving efficiency, FACTS technologies help to deliver more power to consumers, reducing the need for more electricity generation, and improving power supply and quality. The company has delivered approximately 800 such installations across the world. The company’s Network Management business offers solutions to help manage power networks. The offering covers network management and utility communications solutions to monitor, control, operate and protect power systems. These solutions are designed to ensure the reliability of electricity supplies and enable real-time management of power plants, transmission grids, distribution networks and energy trading markets. The portfolio includes control and protection systems for power generation, transmission an
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