27 March 2008

Web exclusive: March Industry Newz, 4th edition

One of ABB's largest orders in 2007 (valued at more than $400 million) came from a unit of E.ON, Germany's biggest utility, for technology that will link the world's largest offshore wind farm to the German power grid, using ABB's HVDC light technology, a high-voltage direct current solution that enables the transmission of large amounts of power underwater and underground, with minimal impact on the environment.

Digital Power Capital, an affiliate of Wexford Capital LLC, has acquired a majority of EDSA Micro Corp., a developer of power analytics solutions for the design, testing, and diagnosis of complex electrical power systems. Digital Power Capital invests in technologies that optimize energy production, distribution, transmission, and storage.

Honeywell signed a $2 million contract to implement its Experion process knowledge system with a process, machine, and drives controller at a Tornio, Finland, production plant operated by Outokumpu, a $9.47 billion (€6 billion) international stainless steel company. Targeted for completion in 2009, the project should boost efficiency of Outokumpu's ferro chrome converter process-a key sub-process in the production of stainless steel.

Shell technology engineers constructed a Fieldbus Foundation safety shutdown system demonstration rig, incorporating logic solvers, safety devices, and safety instrumented functions, which they will demonstrate in May in conjunction with the Fieldbus Foundation to test fieldbus-enabled safety valves with partial stroke testing capability and pressure and temperature devices.

SafeMedia Corporation, a P2P active denial systems provider, signed a new reseller agreement with Systems Design & Support Inc., a networked data and voice-over IP solutions provider.

Mouser Electronics, Inc., signed a distribution agreement with Noritake Co., Inc., a technology provider of vacuum fluorescent display modules.