ABB and Power-One, Inc. confirmed that ABB has completed its previously announced acquisition of Power-One.
The transaction positions ABB as a leading global supplier of solar inverters, which play a critical role in converting the sun's energy into electric current and controlling its flow into the power system. Power-One has one of the market's most comprehensive offerings of solar inverters, ranging from residential to utility applications, and a broad global manufacturing footprint. It also has a power solutions portfolio that is adjacent to ABB's business. Power-One employs almost 3,500 people, mainly in China, Italy, the United States and Slovakia.
ABB's leading portfolio in power and automation, global footprint and service organization make it a natural player in solar PV. ABB has brought its solutions to the solar PV industry for many years. Solar inverters are one of the fastest-developing technologies in power electronics, requiring substantial research and development (R&D) resources. In 2012, ABB invested about $1.5 billion in R&D overall.