21 advantages of using MICAFLUID technology in 2021
Headquartered in Switzerland and with operation centres in the EU, MICAFLUID is the sole beneficiary of a century-old heritage of extensive knowledge and experience in the power industry, making it a world leader in the engineering and development of insulating oil treatment, regeneration, and integrated systems.
Electricity is one of the most crucial discoveries in human history, providing comfort, encouraging inventions, and having huge importance fuelling our everyday life.
Driven by Swiss technology since 1913, MICAFLUID is on a mission to give a longer and better life to transformers
The most important enabler of all these possibilities are transformers, located on all branches of the powerline. Yet, a great number of transformers in use are already at, or close to, the end of their lifecycle. The ongoing integration of renewable energy-systems is causing fluctuations to occur more strongly and more frequently, endangering the stability of the system .
Essential to the life expectancy of any transformer is the state of its insulating oil. Not only is it an integral part of the oil and paper insulation system, but it also serves to provide cooling and health indicators through oil analysis.
However, over time, the ageing rate of transformer oils, besides temperature, is accelerated by water, oxygen and gas content as well as acids derived from oil degradation. These, along with other contaminants adversely affect the dielectric strength of the oil resulting in a lower Breakdown Voltage (BDV), propagating into a series of operational issues which shorten the service life of the asset.
Insulation oil types and how to treat them
It is well known that the main oil types in use today for insulations fall within the following categories:
• Naphthenic-based mineral oil
• Paraffinic-based mineral oil
• Synthetic ester oil
• Natural ester oil
• Silicone oil
Each fluid has a different set of characteristics which make them better suited to certain applications, conditions, and cost.