Another advantage of the Nuventura GIS is that it can be opened for maintenance, and adding monitoring via sensors is a possibility. “Because our tank can be opened, it makes repair and replacing parts possible, increasing the useful life of the switchgear,” Fabian says. “It’s much more in line with the idea of a circular economy.”
More data, less maintenance
Sensors make it possible to transmit data from the switchgear to control centres for monitoring in real time. “One thing that has been quite astonishing about switchgear is that they are relatively stupid,” Fabian says. “There’s nothing but mechanical components in there.”
If switchgear were equipped with sensors, a variety of valuable information could be gathered. Fabian adds that at a minimum, sensors could reduce the need for manual maintenance checks.
The response from Nuventura’s early clients is encouraging. APEX Group has a grid-connected hydrogen power plant at its location in Rostock-Laage, Germany.
The company stores hydrogen and helps other companies and cities develop their own carbon-neutral energy systems.
Earlier this year, the company adopted six of Nuventura’s switchgears with interconnected sensors. With the sensors, APEX can monitor and analyse the condition of the equipment around the clock.
“What convinced us about Nuventura's switchgear are its compact dimensions, which are very similar to those of the classic SF6 GIS, as well as the high degree of flexibility and automation,” says Jörn Hennig, head of engineering at APEX.