ABB backs energy efficiency centre

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The drives and motors specialist ABB is lending its name and support to a new facility built by City College Plymouth aimed at encouraging the uptake of energy efficient, sustainable technologies in UK industrial projects.

Named the ABB Energy Centre, the hi-tech facility is the centrepiece of a new initiative being led by the College to connect education and industry with the latest low carbon technology and methods. ABB has supplied a range of equipment for use in the Centre, including its i-bus (KNX) intelligent building controls, variable speed drives, solar inverters and various instruments from its measurement products range. The Centre incorporates 14 purpose-built bays for demonstrating and training on a variety of energy saving technologies and techniques. ABB became involved in the project after being recommended to City College Plymouth by Stuart Morrison, MD of electrical distributor, Western Electrical. The Centre will also have its own dedicated conference and training facility, showcase areas and an interactive workshop. It will give both students and visiting schools an opportunity to explore a range of ideas and processes through interactive activities.