Photo from Siemens Energy website/press section: Ulf Katschinski, Senior Vice President Switching Products and Systems at Siemens Energy, Helmut Kleebank, member of the German Bundestag, Christian Rickerts, State Secretary of the Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises, Rüdiger Groß, Chairman of the Works Council of the Siemens Energy switchgear plant Berlin and Stephan Jorra, manager of the Siemens Energy switchgear plan Berlin.
Siemens Energy is investing over €60 million in a new production facility in Berlin. In the future, vacuum interrupters will be manufactured in the company’s switchgear plant in 6,200 m2 of space. The vacuum interrupters are the technological core of the Blue Portfolio, which comprises climate-neutral power transmission products in the high-voltage range and uses industrially purified air for insulation and vacuum as the switching medium instead of climate-damaging fluorinated gases. The new manufacturing facility is scheduled to go into operation in 2023.
In Germany alone, tens of thousands of switchgear ensure that electricity reaches consumers reliably every day. They’re responsible for power distribution in places like substations and wind turbines. The problem is that fluorinated gases (F-gases) are usually used for insulation and as the switching medium in these systems, especially sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), the most potent greenhouse gas in the world. One kilogram of SF6 is equivalent to 25,200 kilograms of CO2 in terms of its climate-damaging effects, and it remains in the atmosphere for about 3,200 years when emitted.
Siemens Energy wants to eliminate the world’s most potent greenhouse gas from power transmission