Minimize the use of toxic S6 gas in installations

The toxic SF6 gas is still used to switch off high voltages and currents in medium and high voltage switchgear in our distribution networks. SF6 gas contributes to the greenhouse effect, but many years of lobbying in Brussels to ban the use of this gas has proven successful! From 1-1-2026, SF6 gas may no longer be used in switchgear up to and including 24kV.

Due to years of application of SF6 gas in high and medium voltage switchgear in our electricity network, the ‘installed base’ of these switchgears is very large and unfortunately we will be stuck with this ‘human made’ greenhouse gas for years to come. Users of switchgear with SF6 gas will be confronted with high costs for their remediation, but will be supported by possible subsidies from the government (depending on the country).

This client’s services could contribute to remove this gas from the market.

The aim of the project is to set up a feasibility study (Business case) for Recycling Services, for the various customers in possession of switchgear with SF6. Examples include:

1)         The remediation of existing SF6 switchgear
2)         Training for customers to remediate their switchgear themselvesu
3)         Consultancy: when has the optimal point been reached to remediate or keep the switchgear in operation from the point of view of environmental friendliness.

Initially we want to focus on a limited number of countries, which have yet to be defined, within Europe. You will be able to work with business savvy leaders with years of expertise in this field.

What is a possible positive business case for Recycling Services and what is the feasibility of this, taking into account the 3 Recycling Services possibilities as mentioned in the description above?

Cluster: Smart Tech Impact

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):