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Press Release Zurich, Switzerland 11-06-2021

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids contributes to Sweden's sustainable energy transition goals

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Key Swedish utility commissioned EconiQTM eco-efficient breaker technology to support reduction of carbon footprint

Hitachi ABB Power Grids is contributing to Sweden's sustainable energy transition with the installation of EconiQTM Live Tank Breaker (LTA) for 145-kilovolt (kV) at Vattenfall Distribution substation in Skövde, Sweden, a town situated between the country's two largest lakes, Vänern and Vättern.

Sweden is one of the nations that is leading the way in developing a sustainable low-carbon economy, with targets towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Building on almost 250 years of combined technology leadership, Hitachi ABB Power Grids has been consistently investing to address the growing demand for eco-efficient solutions.

The new installation at Skövde features the innovative EconiQ high-voltage breaker, that significantly reduces carbon footprint while enhancing reliability. The pioneering technology is based on the use of carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxygen (O2) as an insulation gas mixture instead of the conventional greenhouse gas sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) which has been the norm for decades due to its superior insulation and switching properties. The EconiQ high-voltage portfolio eliminates CO2 equivalent emissions related to the insulation gas and has been proven to significantly reduce the CO2 carbon footprint throughout the total lifecycle.

"We are pleased to support Vattenfall Distribution in the acceleration of Sweden's energy transition with our EconiQ eco-efficient innovation that reduces environmental impact," said Markus Heimbach, Managing Director of the High Voltage Products business at Hitachi ABB Power Grids. "Now, more than ever, pioneering technologies such as the EconiQ is needed to support our customers in enabling a future carbon-neutral energy system”.

EconiQ is Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ eco-efficient portfolio for sustainability where products, services and solutions are proven to deliver exceptional environmental performance. At the forefront of sustainable innovation, Hitachi ABB Power Grids is powering good for a sustainable energy future.

About Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd.


Hitachi ABB Power Grids is a global technology leader with a combined heritage of almost 250 years, employing around 36,000 people in 90 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, the business serves utility, industry, and infrastructure customers across the value chain, and emerging areas like sustainable mobility, smart cities, energy storage, and data centers. With a proven track record, global footprint, and unparalleled installed base, Hitachi ABB Power Grids balances social, environmental, and economic values. It is committed to powering good for a sustainable energy future, with pioneering and digital technologies, as the partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.

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