I am Mohsin, and I am a first year Masters student in the division of electrical power engineering at Chalmers. Being a student at Chalmers has a lot of perks such as discounts on coffee, meals and transport, access to the campus library, booking of group rooms and prospects of meeting your future employer during job fairs on campus. But being a student at the division of Electrical Power Engineering has greater perks one of which is a lot of industrial visits. These industrial visits not only give you an insight into what is happening in the world of technology but also a chance to meet people from the area of your interest. I went on one such visit to a small town in the north of Sweden which goes by the name of Ludvika. This name might not ring a bell for people living outside Sweden, neither did it for me. But then I realised why this destination was, in fact, great for an industrial visit.
Sweden for many years now has been known for innovation, which can be credited first to the universities like Chalmers University of technology which produce quality engineers and technology experts each year, and secondly to the companies showing continues advancement in the field of engineering. One such company which is also one of the pioneers in a lot of things is ASEA Brown Boveri, commonly known as ABB. As you might have guessed by now, ABB has its most of high voltage facilities located at Ludvika, which makes it a must visit place for an aspiring electrical Engineer like me. Apart from all this engineering stuff, Ludvika itself has a breathtaking view, and we were lucky enough to go there in the summer. The place where we stayed was an old guest house established in 1910 with all the modern day facilities, and it was just by the lake Haggen, which made me fall in love with that place.
The day in ABB started with short presentations about ABB and a ‘fika’ afterwards. Then our hosts showed us around the facilities where power equipment like transformers and bushings are manufactured. After lunch, we visited high voltage testing facilities which are one of the most fascinating things I have ever seen in the field of engineering. Almost all of the breakers and components used by ABB in high voltage are tested in this facility. The facility is almost as large as the size of two football fields combined and as high as a four-floor building. As an electrical engineer, I heard a lot about the multi-stage impulse generator (Marx generator), but it was the first time I got to see the Marx generator in real life.
In ABB we got to meet a lot of people from Chalmers doing some great things in the field of electrical engineering, and it makes you feel proud and at the same time motivates you to contribute for the betterment of society we are living in. So indeed it was a wonderful experience, and I would like to thank Chalmers for providing me with such a great opportunity.
Written by: Syed Mohsin Ul Hassan
Picture Credits: Saman Chashm Fassa