ABB to power autonomous vehicles at Singapore's new Tuas port
ABB has won a contract from Singapore's ST Engineering Land Systems to deliver and commission integrated smart charging points for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) in the new Tuas port
ABB has won a contract from Singapore's ST Engineering Land Systems to deliver and commission integrated smart charging points for Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) in the new Tuas port.
The deliveries of the vehicles, which will be deployed to transport shipping containers, are scheduled to begin from September 2020 through to August 2022, with the ABB chargers and supporting infrastructure set to be installed towards the end of 2020.
ABB says as part of the contract it will provide 450kW high power chargers, design and supply of charge point prefabricated skid and container solutions with integrated chargers, medium- and low-voltage switchgear, transformers and associated control and monitoring equipment. This integrated solution enables fast installation on site, ensures the highest levels of operability and mitigates risk.
The future port is a major milestone in Singapore's next generation container terminal development with an annual capacity of 65 million TEU and is slated to be the largest port in the world by the time it is complete in 2040. The first berth will be operational in 2021.
Said ABB global EV charging infrastructure managing director Frank Muehlon, MD for ABB's global EV charging infrastructure business, said: 'The project brings together two of the biggest trends disrupting the mobility industry, the rise of autonomous vehicles and the adoption of EVs. ABB's technologies will enable quick charging of the AGVs, which is vital for efficient container movement and for increasing the capacity of the port.'
The company said the project marks the first time ABB's chargers will be used to power a fleet of autonomous vehicles for commercial operation. A specially designed and customised connection to the chargers will be enabled for end-to-end integration with the fully-electric AGVs.
To date, ABB says it has deployed over 11,000 DC fast chargers across 76 countries globally.