ABB helps ensure sustainable power at 75th Formula E race as title sponsor

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This weekend, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns to Jakarta for a double header in the Indonesian capital, with the first of the two races being ABB’s 75th as title sponsor.

The 2.37 km, purpose-built circuit is set against the backdrop of Jakarta Bay in the northern region of the city. Featuring 18 turns and a long, fast start/finish straight, the track is sure to lead to some thrilling racing in the Indonesian heat.

As it did for the first staging of the Jakarta E-Prix last year, ABB is working with Indonesian state-owned electricity company, PLN, to provide the highest level of security, efficiency, and convenience for the event’s power supply. ABB’s medium-voltage UniSec switchgear will be used to switch loads from a primary to a back-up power source if the primary power source fails, keeping the steady delivery of critical power supply for the entire race infrastructure. The company’s Relion REC615 grid automation relay offers the advanced protection functionality needed, as well as remote operation and control for increased safety.  According to PLN, the power supplied to the circuit will be sourced from geothermal and environmentally friendly hydropower.


Karin Lepasoon, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, ABB, said: “It is important to have this milestone sustainability showcase of our 75th race as title sponsor in the most populous city in Southeast Asia (approximately 10.5 million people), where we are working to provide technology and solutions which help combat climate change-related issues. Key focus areas are electrification end energy efficiency – two topics which fit perfectly with an electric motor-racing series, where managing energy effectively is key to success.”

ABB provides solutions that contribute to the ongoing energy transition and deliver major reductions in emissions and environmental impacts in Jakarta and across Indonesia. An example of this is the company’s Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) PowerWave33 which was used by PLN for the G20 summit in Bali last year to guarantee continuous power availability with a small footprint, while also using less energy than comparable products to deliver significant savings.

At the Nestlé factory in Indonesia, ABB supplies smart sensors which, alongside ABB AbilityTM Condition Monitoring, enable monitoring of motors and rotating equipment to improve maintenance capabilities and improve energy efficiency.

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As well as energy efficiency, the series is also a platform for the latest e-mobility technologies, with ABB taking on the role of Official Charging Partner this season. A market leader in EV charging technology, ABB has installed around 400 chargers in Indonesia to date and facilitated a number of firsts in the country such as the installation of the Terra AC wallboxin a premium apartment building in South Jakarta, making it the first apartment building in Indonesia with an EV charging facility. The company also implemented its digitally enabled Terra DC wallbox charging solution at one of Indonesia’s first fast charging stations.

ABB is continuing to work to improve the charging options available for businesses and consumers in the country. For example, ABB, ABB E-mobility and PLN Icon Plus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate collaboration to grow the EV charging infrastructure in Indonesia. The companies will form a synergy in EV charging services which shall include but not be limited to technology assessment, market research, developing a Charging Station Management System (CSMS) platform, undertaking marketing activities, and the deployment of EV chargers.

Following the double-header in Jakarta, the series will head to Portland, USA, for the first time on June 24th. The season 9 calendar comprises 16 races in 11 global locations.

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on more than 130 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation. 

About Formula E and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship:

As the world’s first all-electric FIA World Championship and the only sport certified net zero carbon since inception, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship brings dramatic racing to the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cities providing an elite motorsport platform for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to accelerate electric vehicle innovation.

The Formula E network of teams, manufacturers, partners, broadcasters, and host cities are united by a passion for the sport and belief in its potential to accelerate sustainable human progress and create a better future for people and planet. 

Source: ABB