December 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM EST
Has ABB Solved the 100-Year 'War of the Currents'?
If everything equipment makers said about technological breakthroughs were true we’d all be living with the Jetsons. But every once in a while a pitch grabs an editor’s attention. ABB’s (NYSE:ABB) claim that it had solved a “100-year-old electrical riddle” is a good example. The Swiss company says it has developed the “world’s first” circuit breaker for high-voltage direct current and that its hybrid HVDC breaker can interrupt power flows “equivalent to the output of a large power station within 5 milliseconds ” about 60 to 80 times far faster than the blink of an eye. Such a breakthrough would allow power ...
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