ABB Extends Its Groundbreaking Eco-efficient Switchgear Portfolio
- Published: Wednesday, 21 June 2017 16:27
The pioneering technology leader ABB continues to extend its innovative AirPlus™ product range for medium-voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), with the launch of the ZX2 AirPlus for primary power distribution.
The new ZX2 with AirPlus insulation gas is leading the way in eco-efficient switchgear technology as ABB builds on its ground-breaking portfolio. This latest addition to the AirPlus series is designed for primary power distribution to ensure grid reliability, and safety. It shares the same compact dimensions and advantages of the established ZX2 but boasts a global warming potential (GWP) of less than one.
The ZX2 AirPlus is suitable for demanding applications in single and double busbar configurations. It is available in IEC ratings up to 36 kV, with 31.5 kA short-circuit and 2,000 A nominal current.
Bruno Melles, managing director of ABB’s Medium Voltage business, said: “As part of our commitment to environmental progress, we are dedicated to optimizing the possibilities that AirPlus presents.”
He continued: “We are focused on adapting our core GIS 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.