ABB is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.
Power semiconductors are a key element in an increasing number of ABB products and systems taking a lead role in almost all electrical applications. Built into systems that allow higher power in existing grids and enable transmission with lower losses, they contribute to an efficient distribution of electrical energy. ABB’s semiconductors enable electrical energy up to 6 gigawatt (GW) to be transmitted through HVDC (high-voltage direct current) lines at 800 kilovolt (kV).