He continued: “We are focused on adapting our core GIS range, so that customers have the option of using AirPlus within the same compact dimensions of our existing products, while also retaining the quality and reliability expected from a market leader. We have a number of European customers using the technology and the initial results are extremely positive.”
AirPlus is a fluoroketone-based gas mixture for medium-voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and is a climate-friendly alternative to traditional SF6, which is a potent greenhouse gas. It is the first and only ‘green’ alternative gas on the market for medium-voltage switchgear and is part of ABB’s ongoing strategy to develop eco-efficient technologies.
“It’s in all our interests that we embrace and invest in greener technologies to safeguard our planet for future generations,” added Melles.
The first switchgear product to come to market was the SafeRing AirPlus, a secondary distribution ring main unit (RMU) available in IEC ratings up to 24 kV with 16 kA short-circuit and 630 A nominal current.
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