Pacific Islands chart a green course with SF6-free technology

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EEC Engie provides energy to the Caledonian territory and has more than 65,000 customers, including private individuals and commercial enterprises. The Engie Group remains committed to promoting sustainable development and where possible, offering zero-carbon integrated solutions. So, with the embracing of new carbon free solutions as work-in-progress, the company has taken the opportunity to use new SF6-free switchgear technology recently introduced by Schneider Electric.

Recycling SF6 can be complicated, especially so in New Caledonia because the island does not currently have channels for reprocessing it. Whilst the gas is very effective for insulating and breaking, it is also harmful to the environment because it is said to be a potent greenhouse gas. Schneider’s new SF6-free MV switchgear uses only pure air insulation together with vacuum interruption technology to completely eliminate the use of SF6, marking a significant step forward. Schneider’s SF6-free switchgear is identical to the previous version, says the company, which means the new units can be retrofitted in a straightforward process with minimal interruption to service.

Philippe Dupont, French Pacific Islands area manager at Schneider Electric says: “EEC Engie and the Schneider Electric teams have worked hand-in-hand and we are proud of this great cooperation. EEC Engie now has a fully green and digital solution. At Schneider Electric, we are convinced that the best gas is air, and we are eager to provide green energy players with green and sustainable solutions that meet environmental challenges. That’s why we have developed our new SF6-free technology, which represents an ideal alternative to traditional solutions.”

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