It is time to end the use of SF6 in switchgear!
The global gas insulated switchgear market for medium voltage is forecast to grow over 8% per annum through 2022. In certain markets, minimizing or eliminating SF6 emissions is increasingly prioritized. However, currently even best practices are self-imposed and not widespread due to scant legal obligation on SF6 emissions. Since switchgear typically has a lifetime of 40-50 years, it is critical to act now. Eaton, along with many other industry voices, is calling for an immediate ban of SF6 gas in medium voltage switchgear up to 36kV.