China Mobile International expands its new data center in Frankfurt

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China Mobile International expands its new data center in Frankfurt

ABB has supplied switchgear and control equipment to China Mobile International (CMI), an international telecommunications company with operations in 36 countries and regions, for its new data center in Frankfurt, Germany.

The solution was provided by electrical power distribution provider E+I Engineering, with the package including four medium voltage (MV) switchboards fitted with ABB’s Relion 620 series protection relays, which communicate with the digital remote control (ROP) using IEC 61850. – the international standard for communication in electrical substations.

The solution was designed and delivered to meet CMI’s tight deadlines, with installation and commissioning time significantly reduced through the use of fully remote factory acceptance testing and because the protection scheme and digital control is based on a single fiber optic communication line instead of multiple copper cables. wired connections.

The key components of the new data center are ABB’s ZEE600 remote control panels (ROPs). The panels protect operator safety by allowing remote control of the four ABB UniGear ZS1 switchgear panels via a touch screen interface mounted in a separate room.

UniGear ZS1 is ABB’s main switchboard for air-insulated primary distribution, manufactured worldwide with over 500,000 panels currently installed. It is used in a variety of demanding applications allowing high degrees of customization to best meet specific customer and project demands.

Importantly, the ZEE600 provides role-based access control, so operators can only perform certain actions, depending on their role and training. It has the ability to control additional equipment if CMI wishes to expand its data center in the future.

“Installing ABB’s solution was as quick as setting up a library,” said Paul Dunne, Customer Engineering Manager at E+I Engineering. “Compared to a conventional ROP, ABB’s digital solution requires 90% less copper cabling, reducing cable installation times by 70% and overall installation and commissioning time of 60%.

“ZEE600 provides cost-effective remote monitoring and control capability, while enhancing cybersecurity. Additionally, the reduction in resources needed for cabling and the avoidance of travel associated with an in-person FAT were additional environmental benefits. »

“This solution has the benefits of increased digitalization,” said Stephen Doyle, Director of Marketing and Sales, Northern Europe – ABB Electrification Distribution Solutions. “Digital control allows us to build flexibility into the delivery of our projects and ultimately enables rapid construction. This allows customers like CMI to integrate their end customers earlier.

“Additionally, as the installation coincided with the height of the pandemic, we hosted our first-ever fully remote FAT for this type of project via video call. This has saved us time, money and emissions, enabling us to provide the best solutions to our customers. »

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