Although several years ago, the European Commission banned the use of SF₆ gas in almost all sectors, only in switchgear industry it is still being used in a big way owing to the advantage that the gas ensures that any arcs that may occur during switching are quickly extinguished. However, the environmental impact of SF₆ gas is around 23,500 times more than that of CO₂ and once leaked it can remain in the atmosphere for up to 3,200 years. Thus, introduction of SF₆ alternatives should be given topmost priority today… - P. K. Chatterjee (PK)
With the devices getting smarter, user interfaces getting IoT enabled, the surge in intelligent switchgear is the next big trend.
Among several switching devices largely used in medium voltage distribution systems, which change the grid configuration, isolates faulty parts from the grid, etc. Load break switch is a remarkable one. For the reason to analyse the interrupting capabilities, load break switch rated up to 52kV has to undergo various test duties according to IEC 62271-103. This article focuses on the parameters involved in evaluation of its behaviour during make-break tests. - Yugal Agrawal, K.Sharath kumar
How we can expect the Indian switchgear industry to evolve in the future? Here’s an overall analysis of market status, growth drivers and future outlook. - By Subhajit Roy, Group Editor
Strategic mapping of Indian electrical equipment industry - Subhajit Roy, Group Editor
With the pace of government initiatives for development of smart grid, there is need to develop different kinds of switchgear suitable for smart grid operation and that is more compact, reliable, environment friendly and requires minimum installation and commissioning time. By Ashok Upadhyay
Due to the continuous increase of power handling capacity, increase in network voltages, continuous design improvements and operational requirements of switchgear. In this article, short circuit test duty requirements of 12kV circuit breaker are discussed. By Yugal Agrawal
The article sheds light on various intricacies of hybrid HVDC Circuit Breaker.
In-depth analysis on how digitisation helps in improving performance and reliability of switchgears. By Subhajit Roy, Group Editor