World's first smart fossil-free island deploys Hitachi ABB Power Grids' solution

Hitachi | August 20, 2020

Hitachi ABB Power Grids has teamed up with Groupe Renault to give EV batteries a new lease of life and support the integration of renewable energy into the grid, as part of the ‘Sustainable Porto Santo’ initiative. Porto Santo, a Portuguese island in the Madeira archipelago, is home to about 6,000 people. The Portuguese government aims to make Porto Santo the first smart, fossil- free island in the world and launched the “Sustainable Porto Santo” initiative. A fundamental part of this initiative is to increase the production of renewable energy. The challenge, however, is the unpredictable and intermittent nature of solar and wind energy.

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In the product development phase, there are many process options for creating models, prototypes, patterns or molds. Selecting the best approach requires an appreciation for the project requirements, an understanding of the process considerations, and an evaluation of the resulting time, cost, and quality. Without this information, it is difficult to identify the optimal approach. When designs are still fluid and product specifications are in flux, two common choices are 3D printing and CNC (computer numerical control) milling. Both can meet the needs for early concept models through functional prototypes without the delays imposed by mold, tool, or die to make. Both processes can make parts in a variety of materials. And both technologies can produce the low part quantities needed for product development at a reasonable cost.

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In the product development phase, there are many process options for creating models, prototypes, patterns or molds. Selecting the best approach requires an appreciation for the project requirements, an understanding of the process considerations, and an evaluation of the resulting time, cost, and quality. Without this information, it is difficult to identify the optimal approach. When designs are still fluid and product specifications are in flux, two common choices are 3D printing and CNC (computer numerical control) milling. Both can meet the needs for early concept models through functional prototypes without the delays imposed by mold, tool, or die to make. Both processes can make parts in a variety of materials. And both technologies can produce the low part quantities needed for product development at a reasonable cost.

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