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Schneider Electric runs SF6 end-of-life recycling program for MV & HV equipment

A new white paper released by Schneider Electric outlines the risks surrounding disposal of equipment where SF6 (Sulphur Hexafluoride) is used.


December 12, 2014
By PEM Magazine

SF6 is a greenhouse gas that’s commonly found in medium- and high-voltage vehicles electrical equipment insulation or breaker component materials.

The white paper, entitled “SF6 End-of-life Recycling for Medium and High Voltage (MV & HV) Equipment,” reports that SF6 use within the electrical industry is forecast to grow approximately 50 per cent by the year 2030.

Users of electrical equipment need to be familiar with the legal status of their equipment and with the operational procedures for disposal, says author Jean-Marc Deux. Since F6 gas is regulated at the local, federal and international levels, failure to do so can result in penalties and can cause harm to the environment.

Owners of power equipment may want to piggyback on sophisticated programs that are designed to dispose of SF6. For instance, Schneider Electric purchases and uses hundreds of tonnes of SF6 per year as part of its manufacturing process. The electrical distribution and automation company manages a detailed end-of-life program to help support customers who are confronted with SF6 equipment end-of-life recycling issues.

Download the white paper.