ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, and Samsung SDI, a leading manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote microgrid solutions globally.
The two companies will establish a global commercial alliance to develop and market modular and scalable microgrid solutions, utilising lithium-ion batteries for energy storage, said a statement.
The combination of ABB’s global market presence, its leadership in grid technology and its global service footprint with Samsung SDI’s leading lithium-ion battery technology will enable accelerated growth of the market, it added.
It will make microgrid solutions a viable alternative to promote and broaden access to electricity in emerging markets and remote areas while providing power reliability, resiliency and security to developed markets.
Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB, said: “ABB is very pleased to sign this MoU with Samsung SDI. Microgrid applications are expanding rapidly, both in emerging and developed markets, and are a key growth area in ABB’s Next Level strategy.”
“This strategic alliance allows us to combine our complementary capabilities and will enable us to bring optimised solutions to our customers,” he said.
Namseong Cho, president and CEO of Samsung SDI, said: “The alliance with ABB provides Samsung the basis to expand our global No. 1 position into the Microgrids market.”
“Together with ABB we will make our utmost effort to develop new products and to pioneer new markets to keep on being the world’s best ESS company,” he added.
ABB will provide technologies for electrification, control optimisation, stabilisation and expert consulting services. Samsung SDI will provide the batteries and the battery management system. The alliance will further strengthen ABB’s and Samsung’s ability to supply advanced solutions to the global microgrid market.