KAWASAKI, JAPAN—Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (hereinafter “Toshiba ESS”) is pleased to announce that it has received a joint order from TEPCO Power Grid, Inc. (hereinafter, “TEPCO PG”) for a gas insulated switchgear (GIS*1) that uses natural origin gases.
This will be the first GIS for power transmission systems of a TSO(Transmission System Operator) in Japan*2 to use natural origin gases, and installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2022.
The order is for a 72kV GIS, a replacement for equipment at TEPCO PG’s Fuchu Substation (Fuchu City, Tokyo). Rather than SF6, a greenhouse gas, this product uses as its insulating medium a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen (synthetic air), which are safe and have no global warming impact in the event of a leak. This product is the result of joint development*3 that Toshiba ESS has been pursuing with Meidensha Corporation (hereinafter, “Meidensha”) since 2020. Having completed the prescribed type testing, sales of the product are now underway. Toshiba ESS is in charge of the development of the GIS as a whole, while Meidensha is responsible for the development of the vacuum circuit breaker (VCB), the main component of the GIS. As such, the VCB for this order will also be provided by Meidensha, and the GIS will be manufactured at Toshiba ESS’s Hamakawasaki Operations.
Toshiba Group has been working on GISs since the 1960s, and has a great deal of expertise in the overall development of GIS products, including contributing to the start of commercial operation of Japan’s first 72kV GIS in 1969. Meanwhile, for more than 15 years, we have been conducting research and development of equipment that uses natural origin gases as a measure to reduce environmental impact.
In view of the ongoing adoption of environmental regulations governing the use of SF6 gas for electric power equipment in Europe, North America, and other regions, we will expand our lineup of electric power equipment that uses natural origin gases, which are easy to handle and pose no environmental risk, under the “AEROXIATM*4” brand in Japan and overseas. These products also support the digitalization of substations and can be equipped with monitoring and diagnostic systems compliant with the IEC61850 standard*5.
Hiroshi Kaneta, Director, Vice President of Toshiba ESS’s Grid Solutions Division says, “We will continue working to help achieve carbon neutrality by actively developing this and other similar environmentally friendly products.”