We are bridging the gap. Enabling digital substations.

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ABB’s Digital Substation is a core enabler to increase safety, productivity and reliability for grid operators and to reduce the overall substation cost. Building upon the international standard for communication networks and systems for power utility automation, IEC 61850, ABB is delivering world leading digital substations that offer the greatest potential of this technology. Beyond the individual substation there could be a need for fleet condition monitoring of transformers and other key substation equipment; for that the Asset Health Center solution incorporates ABB operational technology (OT) subject matter expertise and ABB information technology (IT) software knowledge.

Presented by:


Rick Nicholson
Head of Product Management 

Enterprise Software

Rick Nicholson has over 30 years of experience with the intersection of business and technology in the energy and utility industry. He is a recognized and highly respected expert in the alignment of business and technology strategies and the successful deployment of technology to enable business process improvement.  Rick has worked with clients in North America, Europe and Asia. His career has included positions with market research, consulting and technology firms where his responsibilities included business development, marketing, strategy, competitive analysis and project delivery. He is currently responsible for global product management for ABB’s Enterprise Software product group.  Rick is a contributing writer and blogger for a variety of energy industry publications, is a regular speaker at industry conferences, has been quoted in mainstream business publications and has been interviewed on national television news programs.


Stephen Clifford
Head of Product Management

Substation Automation

Stephen Clifford is Head of Product Management for ABB’s substation automation business globally. In this role he has responsibility for the whole product and system portfolio. He joined ABB in 2004, where he has held a range of commercial and technology management positions. Prior to his current role, until 2014 he was global marketing and business development manager for the Smart Grids sector initiative of the ABB Group.  He studied Physics at Imperial College London (UK), followed by Materials Science at the University of Cambridge (UK), where he was awarded his doctorate. He later obtained an MBA from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland. 

Moderator: Rod Walton
Senior Editor
Electric Light & Power and POWERGRID International magazines


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