The new sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)-free Switchgear enables companies in Singapore to eliminate the world’s most potent greenhouse gas.
- The innovative green and digital switchgear, GM AirSeT, utilises only pure air as insulation medium, enabling companies to drastically reduce their environmental impact, improve safety, and lower total cost of ownership.
- Schneider Electric to showcase GM AirSeT in Singapore at the Singapore International Energy Week 2021.
Schneider Electric announced on 12 October 2021 in its exclusive media event, Building A Greener Singapore, that it will enable companies in Singapore to eliminate the world’s most potent greenhouse gas, SF6, from primary distribution with its latest GM AirSeT switchgear, a green and digital medium-voltage GIS technology for electrical networks. The GM AirSeT switchgear will be showcased at the upcoming Singapore International Energy Week. The new SF6-free switchgear empowers companies to reduce their environmental impact, and represents a cost-efficient and safety-oriented approach.
Schneider Electric’s GM AirSeT is a new generation of innovative and smart switchgear that makes it possible to end reliance on sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) gas commonly contained in electrical equipment used to power the grid, industrial electrical installations and large buildings. It enables the adoption of green technology while maintaining or extending the advantages traditionally conferred by the SF6 gas.
The GM AirSeT retains the advantages of gas-insulated switchgear, and uses pure air insulation combined with vacuum interruption technology to eliminate the need for SF6 gas in high-performance switchgear. This technology also alleviates the costs and risks linked to toxic by-products that result from breaking operations, and that need to be removed when an SF6 switchgear unit reaches the end of its operational life. SF6 has an estimated global warming potential that is 23,500 times greater than that of CO2 based on figures from SingStat, total Greenhouse Gas emmissions in Singapore in 2019. End-of-life treatment of SF6 can also be costly, at about 20 percent of the price of the equipment itself.
Yoon Young KIM, cluster president, Schneider Electric Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, said: “Reducing greenhouse gas emission is a top priority for organisations as Singapore moves towards becoming more sustainable under the Singapore Green Plan 2030. At Schneider Electric, we believe that the best gas is air, and we are excited to enable our customers to take another leap forward into a greener future with our industry-leading SF6-free switchgear solution for their electrical networks. GM AirSeT technology underscores our commitment to Singapore as we continue to support the sustainability agendas of companies that are placing decarbonisation at the centre of their business strategy and leveraging digital transformation as a key enabler in achieving this shared vision.”
Schneider Electric has delivered over 800 units of GM AirSeT globally. The pure air MV technology has been piloted by customers such as E.ON, EEC Engie, innogy, State Grid Corporation of China, and Jianxi Fuzhou, and has received multiple awards and recognitions as an enabler of green and efficient energy transition.
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