New Schneider Electric Switchgear Suited For Wind Industry

Schneider Electric, a global company specializing in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has launched CBGS-0, a medium-voltage switchgear that can be used in the wind industry.

According to the company, the gas-insulated switchgear with a solid dielectric busbar is suited for applications up to 38 kV, 2,000 A and 31.5 kA. The CBGS-0 is the latest addition to the company’s portfolio of medium-voltage switchgear solutions.

CBGS-0 has been designed to meet the needs of indoor substations. The switchgear is meant for wind farms, water and wastewater facilities, mining, chemical and petrochemical facilities, utilities, data centers, and traction substations.

Schneider Electric says the CBGS-0 is designed to improve operator safety. It includes a grounded and shielded solid insulated bus system, installed in the top rear part of the switchgear, outside the SF6 compartment; this means no gas handling is required during installation, expansions or section replacement. The shielded solid insulation and sealed-for-life gas tank protect the medium-voltage components from aggressive atmospheres, dirt, dust and vermin. The materials used also inhibit oxidation in the busbar and circuit breaker compartments and provide for a stable gas system, the company explains.

CBGS-0 is also designed to reduce maintenance and downtime and maximize floor space. The compact and modular switchgear offers both flexibility and a long, low-maintenance service life, making it an ideal choice for those with limited space. The design of the switchgear equipment is also significantly smaller than legacy models – reducing floor space by up to 60%, the company claims.

“Our new generation of medium-voltage switchgear includes evolutionary technologies that set a new standard for performance, dependability and protection,” says Emily Heitman, vice president of energy for Canada and the U.S. at Schneider Electric.

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