ABB has commissioned the world’s first high-voltage and medium-voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) installation with a new eco-efficient gas mixture as an alternative to sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas for ewz, a power utility in Switzerland.
The 170/24 kV substation deploys the first breakthrough GIS with eco-efficient gas mixture with a global warming potential (GWP)* of less than 1 as an alternative to SF6 gas.
Located in the heart of Zurich, 15 meters underground in a beautifully designed building, it replaces an outdoor air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substation built in 1949. The new substation takes up only 30 percent of the originally used space, thus freeing up land for other city requirements and enhancing the aesthetics of the cityscape.
With the deployment of high-voltage GIS with the eco-efficient gas mixture, carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions can be lowered by up to 50 percent through the lifecycle of the equipment.