In early June, 2017, ABB Electrification Products (EP) division took part in the General Convention of the European Union of Electrical Wholesalers (EUEW) in Krakow, with more than 300 participants and strong attendance from SHE, the distributors association of Poland.
Vincent Hurel, Global Head of EP division distribution channel, gave an EP perspective on energy efficiency for electrical distribution, focusing on the fast growing global demand for electricity and the need for smarter, more reliable electricity flow to all points of consumption. He emphasized EP’s ability to provide products and solutions from substation to socket and everything in between, including solar, EV charging and power protection.
One major and important issue discussed at the EUEW was the Market Surveillance Support Initiative (MSSI), which aims to monitor the market and support authorities to prevent non-compliant electrical products from entering the European market. In Poland alone, according to the Polish State Fire Brigade, every year there are more than 3,000 fires caused by faulty electrical equipment and electrical installations and around 2,700 of these fires are recorded in residential buildings. MSSI’s mission is to protect people, goods and property from unsafe, non-compliant electrical products. The MSSI objectives are deployed in Poland by SPAE KIGEiT, which was established with six founding companies: ABB, Eaton, Hager, Legrand, Schneider Electric, Siemens, and now includes Dehn, with ETI to join soon.
The organization has tested 23 brands of mini-circuit breakers (MCBs) present on the Polish market using an independent certified test laboratory. Their results have identified that 43 percent of the tested brands failed at least one test and six out of 23 brands failed the critical Short-Circuit Breaking Current test. Other products are scheduled for testing, including residual current circuit breakers (RCCBs), to be carried out later this year. To improve safety MSSI will provide information and training to support efforts to help ensure 100 percent of products used in Poland are safe and compliant.