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Siemens to pave way for F-gas-free power distribution

Germany, Munich: In the medium-voltage switchgear of the blue portfolio, the company has eliminated fluorine-based gas mixtures (F-gases) while retaining compact design and safe operation.

Siemens Smart infrastructure is continually expanding its portfolio for climate-neutral power distribution. In the medium-voltage switchgear of the blue portfolio, the company has eliminated fluorine-based gas mixtures (F-gases) while retaining compact design and safe operation.

A load-break switch equipped with a special vacuum interrupter is the new centrepiece for F-gas free medium-voltage applications in secondary distribution grids from 12 to 24 kV.

All switching operations, such as turning off medium-voltage systems for maintenance, produce arcs that must be quenched as quickly as possible. In the new and innovative load-break switches, the vacuum interrupters have the task to quench the arc within a few milliseconds. For this purpose, they are integrated into a separate current path and can be kept extremely compact.

Furthermore, a new load-break switch has been developed which is a true three-position switch. The proven principal of the switch-off, disconnect and earthing functions used in SF6 load-break switchgear is continued. As a result, the safe user operation remains unchanged for the Siemens F-gas-free systems.

This load-break switch with a vacuum tube is also available in combinations matching it with fuses, using F-gas-free technology. This allows the many transformers in secondary distribution grids to be protected with fuses as usual.

“Because the operation and compact design of the new blue switchgear remains the same, we’re making the switch to climate-neutral power distribution easy and safe for our customers,” said Stephan May, CEO of the Distribution Systems Business Unit at Siemens Smart Infrastructure.

 

Source: T&D World