Power and automation technologies provider ABB will be hosting the 2009 Automation and Power World technology event in South Africa for the first time, from November 11 to 12.
The conference will tackle some of the major issues industries are facing at this time, including energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Key topics that will be raised at this event include water and wastewater treatment, improved use of substations, power distribution for industrial applications, high-voltage dc energy efficient products, global trends in medium-voltage switchgear maintenance philo- sophy and a discussion on advanced contactor technology, which will simultaneously introduce one of ABB’s new product offerings.
Anglo American global energy manager Ian Langridge will discuss the value and importance of energy efficiency and how this impacts on the mining industry. His presentation will look at both the pitfalls of bad planning and solutions to reduce energy costs through innovative energy efficient technologies.
“Automation and Power World will highlight our values in action and what we can do for customers,” says ABB South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Carlos Poñe. “ABB will be able to provide an interactive experience with product demonstrations, technical presen- tations, business case studies and workshops. This event will cater for people from various industries.”
About 750 delegates are expected.
The presentations and workshops will be run by global experts and are accredited by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineering.
Further, ABB’s new R400-million Long- meadow head office will be officially inaugurated by ABB group CEO Joe Hogan on the final day of the conference. The Longmeadow green building incorporates ABB automation technologies to reduce energy consumption and comprises ABB South Africa’s head office and manufacturing and logistics centres.
The move to the new facility sees the consolidation of ABB’s four Gauteng branches.
The relocation of staff from the four branches began in June, at a rate of about 50 people a week, and will be completed before the end of the year.
“The centralising of activities will contribute to reducing our operational costs, improving our efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint through negating the need to travel and communicate between branches,” says Poñe. “It is probably the greenest building in South Africa today.”
The facility reduces energy consumption through the use of solar heating, recycling heat from air-conditioning motors, and through the implementation of a sophisticated building automation system developed by ABB.
The facility design maximises natural light use, reducing the need for artificial lighting, while shaded and tinted windows allow for reduced climate control costs.
The minimal artificial lighting in the facility is entirely automated, only turning on when movement is sensed.
The Longmeadow facility includes a 22 000-m2 rainwater catchment area on its roof and has a water treatment plant to recycle grey water from ablution facilities.