/  03/01/2019  -  02/28/2020

Impact assessment of F-gas free medium voltage GIS applications

Grenoble Ecole de Management; Jean-Marc Biasse (Consultant)
Duration 01.03.2019 - 28.02.2020
Scientists Wolfram Heckmann (project coordinator), Maria Valov, Thorsten Reimann


Research initiative on SF6 and F-gas free alternatives for medium voltage (MV) gas-insulated switchgear installations in Europe

The research will investigate the environmental and socio-economic impact of SF6, while analyzing the impact of F-gas free solutions as an alternative. The main objectives are:

  • Assessment of the impact of greenhouse gas emission from MV gas insulated switchgear in the European Union taking into account the installed base and future scenarios for replacement and new electrical MV gas-insulated switchgear with and without SF6.
  • Assessment of challenges to the electrical power system operations any alternative solutions to SF6 will face, especially considering the aspect that they need a long time for implementation before reaching a sufficient acceptance level. A careful analysis of the socio-economic impact (e.g. market acceptance) for the alternatives in scope will supplement the environmental analysis.

The research study will start in March 2019 and will end in early 2020 in order to have a fast track and efficient delivery. The results of the research study will be submitted through a white paper that will be made publicly available.

Third parties interested in the topic are invited to join this research study – preferably power grid stakeholders, who have strong interest in the area of electrical MV power equipment. Initial sponsors are Siemens and Schneider Electric.