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, minimising or eliminating SF6 emissions is increasingly prioritised. Currently, however, 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 36 kV.