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Hitachi Energy GCB Customer Days

September 24 - 25, 2024 | Zurich, Switzerland

mardi, 24.09.2024, 08:45 - mercredi, 25.09.2024, 20:00 CEST
Zurich, Switzerland
Hitachi Energy Toro 1, Brown-Boveri Strasse 5

The rapid rise of renewables demands a new equilibrium for power grids. Balancing high-volume generation with cost and risk management is crucial. Hitachi Energy, a pioneering technology leader, offers the key. Our solutions support seamless renewable integration, increasing the availability, safety, and flexibility of power plants. They optimize the stability of power generation and minimize investment risks while maximizing returns. Together, through collaboration, we actively contribute to a sustainable energy future for all.


September 24th

8:45 Welcoming Speech

Raffaella Desiati

Factory Manager of Generator circuit-breaker

9:00 GCB Technology discussion

Rising energy demands necessitate additional, often large-scale, power generation. Hitachi Energy's proven GCBs, with over seven decades of experience, ensure seamless grid integration. We understand unique electrical demands and constraints, tailoring solutions to integrate variable renewable sources while enhancing power plant flexibility smoothly. Let's explore these effective strategies together.

Topic: A comprehensive overview of GCB to safeguard your power plant assets

A deep dive into Hitachi Energy's GCB portfolio offerings and the developments in the last 70 years for different types of power plants and applications.

Farzad Fahim

Area Sales Manager Generator circuit-breaker

Priyanka Gugale

Global Product Manager Generator Circuit-breaker Product and Service

Topic: Ensure the right selection of GCB in the changing energy landscape

Flexible power plant operations have become crucial for high penetration of variable renewable generation into the grid. The changing operation environment impacts equipment specification, design, and performance. Generator circuits, in particular, have unique characteristics that necessitate GCB specifically designed and tested for those conditions. The presentation aims to provide a guideline for the selection of GCBs considering the impact of the continuously evolving energy landscape. 

11:00 Digital platform - GMS600

Digitalization is the key to overcome most of today's urgent challenges, such as aging infrastructure, increasing energy and power demand, and an increased share of renewable power generation. In this session, you will discover how our digital portfolio empowers customers and partners around the globe to conquer business challenges, adapt to new ways of working, and become truly successful in today's markets.

Topic: Digitalization reshapes your power plant

Data tells the truth. Understanding your data is the way to make the most of your power plant resources. But where do you start? Let's explore this together.

Alexander Antoniadis

Marketing and Sales Manager, Generator circuit-breaker

14:30 Standard and Regulations for GCB

Pietro Tranquillini

General Sales & Marketing Manager

Topic: Standard and Regulations for GCB

Overview of the technical standards applicable to GCBs and Hitachi Energy’s adherence. Status update on the recently introduced EU F-Gas Regulation. 

15:00 GCB services

Hitachi Energy Services is a reliable life cycle partner, offering global, secure, sustainable, and innovative solutions. Our service offerings empower customers and partners to holistically manage their asset’s entire life cycle—from inception through operational enhancements to end-of-life activities. Curious about our operational performance? Join our event to discover the stories behind it.

Topic: Smooth GCB replacement with Hitachi Energy

Once a GCB reaches end of life, the replacement with a new one might be an option. Hitachi Energy explains based on various examples which topics need to be considered when planning such a project. Benefit from Hitachi Energy experience to make a smooth transition from your old to your new GCBs.

Branko Knezevic

Business Developer GCB Replacement and Retrofit

Freddy von Arx

Product Manager GCB, HV Service

Topic: GCB LCM & service portfolio, maintenance concept

An Introduction into Hitachi energy’s life cycle model followed by an overview of the GCB service portfolio and an exploration into our maintenance concept. 

Topic: Case story of Mapragg power plant

The Kraftwerke Sarganserland AG aims to utilize the hydropower of the Sarganserland region in the Mapragg and Sarelli Hydro power plants. The three vertical axis machine groups at the Mapragg plant consist each of a three-phase synchronous motor-generator, Francis turbine (93 MW), and a detachable pump with a capacity of 53 MW. These machine groups, which were put into operation in 1977, were renewed by Hitachi Energy in 2014/2015 with new state of the art generator circuit breakers.

Christopher Joho

Front End Sales Manager Service Switzerland

13:00 GCB Factory Tour

Inaugurated in 2010, Hitachi Energy's cutting-edge factory in Zurich, Switzerland stands as the sole global production facility for Hitachi Energy GCBs. The facility manufactures all GCB variants. During the tour, visitors gain insight into each production line, observing our efficient lean manufacturing and streamlined production processes.

September 25th

Visit to Mapragg Pumped Storage Power Plant.

Mapragg is a 280MW hydropower project. It is located on the Tamina River/basin in Saint Gallen, Switzerland. It was developed in a single phase. Construction of the project began in 1971 and commercial operations began in 1977. Following our event, we will visit the site to see how Hitachi Energy's GCB is performing.

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Event Location

Hitachi Energy Toro 1, Brown-Boveri Strasse 5, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland

Enjoy your stay!

The following hotels are for your options.

Courtyard Zurich North:

5 mins walk distance to Hitachi Energy;
5 mins walk distance to Oerlikon station;
5.4km to Zurich airport.

Acasa Suites Zürich:

7 mins walk distance to Hitachi Energy;
5 mins walk distance to Oerlikon station;
5.4km to Zurich airport.

Hotel Sternen Oerlikon:

1.2km to Hitachi Energy;
5 mins walk distance to Oerlikon station;
6.2km to Zurich airport.

Holiday Inn Zurich Messe:

1.6km to Hitachi Energy;
9 mins walk distance to Oerlikon station;
5.8km to Zurich airport.