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Innovative solution delivers swift breaker upgrade for power plant

By District Energy posted 06-13-2024 15:32


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A major European waste to energy incinerator plant has successfully modernized its aging network of circuit breakers with just minutes of downtime thanks to an innovative solution from ABB.

The Nordværk energy plant in Aalborg, Denmark, which provides renewable energy for thousands of households in Northern Jutland, took advantage of ABB’s Direct Replacement (DR) solution to remove and replace only the mobile parts of its legacy Emax circuit breakers.

The solution was implemented across the installed base at Nordværk’s 42 MW district heating plant in Aalborg East where the breakers had been in place since it was built in 2005. With spares for the legacy breakers no longer available, a modernization program was required to ensure the plant could continue its uninterrupted operation in a safe and sustainable manner.   

According to Nordværk electrician, Claus Riis, a long, unplanned outage was out of the question and even a planned retrofit solution would have been problematic. He said: “We have an important task of producing electricity and district heating for Aalborg, and its critical infrastructure. It's hugely expensive to shut down completely when you have a 17 MW electricity and 42 MW district heating plant.

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