10 October 2011 ICFO & ABB Team up

Integrated-optics for high voltage electric field sensing. ICFO and ABB sign a research agreement to explore the opportunities that integrated optics sensors can offer to high voltage electric field sensing.

The project will be developed by the group lead by ICREA Prof. Valerio Pruneri, which includes Research Fellow Davide Janner and PhD student Domenico Tulli. Prof. Pruneri leads at ICFO the Optoelectronics research group, focused on applied research topics and involved in about ten industrial projects in areas including optical telecommunication, displays, sensing, aerospace, energy efficiency and quantum cryptography.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 130,000 people. The Power Systems division offers turnkey systems and services for power transmission and distribution grids, and for power plants. Substations and substation automation systems are key areas. Additional highlights include flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS), high-voltage direct current (HVDC) systems and network management systems. In power generation, Power Systems offers the instrumentation, control and electrification of power plants.