The switching technologies program focuses on switchgears, circuit breakers, residual current devices, disconnectors, switches, contactors and tap changers at all the different voltages and current levels.
In addition, research on surge arrester technology is also part of the program.
The mission of the program is to secure ABB business with the most updated and efficient technologies, both by pushing the existing ones to their limits and by preparing the future generation of products and applications.
Main research topics include arc physics in different switching media, current interruption and limiting, dielectric recovery, advanced electromechanics and actuators, thermal management, electrical contacts, numerical simulation and modeling, and application of semiconductors for switching.
Projects within the program are executed by the leading research centers of ABB in strict collaboration with the technology centers of the business units, and with several universities and research institutions worldwide.