Power System Solutions
Most energy industry professionals know what switchgear is. The importance of these electrical systems is paramount, as they are vital in managing the flow of electricity, protecting the system from power surges, and reducing the risk of electrical failure. Switchgear also helps ensure the physical safety of those responsible for maintaining and optimizing currents and controls.
There are several types of switchgear used in different industries. Some common types include:
- Low Voltage: This type of switchgear is used in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings to control and distribute electrical power at voltages below 1,000 volts.
- Medium Voltage: Medium voltage switchgear is used in industries such as oil and gas, mining, and manufacturing. It operates at voltages between 1,000 and 35,000 volts and is responsible for controlling and protecting electrical equipment in these industries.
- High Voltage: High voltage switchgear is used in power generation plants, substations, and transmission networks. It operates at voltages above 35,000 volts and is designed to handle large amounts of electrical power.
- Gas Insulated (GIS): GIS is a type of switchgear where the electrical components are enclosed in a sealed environment filled with insulating gas, such as sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). It is commonly used in high voltage applications where space is limited, such as urban areas.
- Air Insulated (AIS): AIS is a type of switchgear where the electrical components are exposed to the surrounding air. It is commonly used in low and medium voltage applications where space is not a constraint.