30 Nov 20

ABB to power Formula E broadcast centre with custom-designed technology

ABB's custom-designed Uninterruptible Power Supplies will play a vital role in the broadcast centre for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, ensuring that the live show will 'never go off-air'.

ABB is entering its fourth season as Formula E's title partner and the new ABB Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is the latest in a long list of leading technology to be adapted for the all-electric street racing series.

ABB explained the important role the Uninterruptible Power Supply will have in providing a stable TV broadcast: "UPS is installed in the race series’ TV compound. It guarantees that power continues to reach broadcasters in the event of a grid power failure at a race circuit, ensuring that live race broadcasts never go ‘off-air’. There is no standard solution to meet the requirements of the fast-paced global championship, so a bespoke unit was developed by a specialist team at ABB.

"The resulting UPS system is wheel-mounted and weight-optimised for mobility, in a package small and robust enough to be shipped by courier or on a passenger aeroplane. It has plug-and-play functionality to simplify installation for the on-site team and can provide 15 minutes of autonomous 60kVA power with input/output voltages of 230/400VAC 50 Hz."

Tarak Mehta, ABB Electrification President, said: “As our partnership with ABB FIA Formula E World Championships develops we will work with Formula E to showcase many examples that will drive progress in e-Mobility and sustainability. 

“UPS and charging are two examples where we can showcase the benefits of high performance in a competitive environment.”

Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E, added: “At Formula E, we greatly value ABB as both our title partner and strategic ally. We share a purpose and values, both committed to accelerating sustainable human progress as we race for better futures.

"Formula E provides the perfect test bed for technologies like ABB’s UPS that translate from the racetrack to everyday environments. With Formula E races staged in the world’s most iconic cities, we are able to showcase ABB’s technology and solutions in the urban settings in which they are becoming increasingly essential.” 

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