Siemens supports EWE NETZ’s carbon neutrality goals with sustainable switchgear

Apr 21, 2022

EWE NETZ installs fluorine gas-free blue GIS medium-voltage switchgear from Siemens in Brake, Germany
Investment in climate protection and supply security in the region
Climate-friendly insulation gas “Clean Air” replaces fluorine gas

Siemens Smart Infrastructure has supplied EWE NETZ GmbH, which operates highly-efficient power grids in Germany, with its latest environmentally-friendly switchgear technology. EWE NETZ has now completed a new medium-voltage switchgear installation in Brake in the Wesermarsch region of Lower Saxony, which includes seven fluorine gas-free NXPLUS C 24 circuit-breaker panels from Siemens’ green blue GIS portfolio. This makes EWE NETZ one of the first grid operators in Germany to switch to the climate-friendly insulation gas Clean Air for an entire medium-voltage switchgear installation.

“EWE wants to become climate-neutral by 2035. To achieve this, we at EWE NETZ are also investing in our infrastructure. The fluorine gas-free switchgear in Brake is one of the first of its kind in Germany and an important contribution to a sustainable and secure energy supply in our region. We thank our partner Siemens for the good cooperation,” said Torsten Maus, Managing Director of EWE NETZ.

“With our NXPLUS C 24 fluorine gas-free switchgear, we enable customers to achieve sustainable, economical and future-proof grid operations,” said Stephan May, CEO of the Electrification & Automation Business Unit at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “By completely eliminating fluorinated gases, our customers are on the safe side with regard to potential future regulations. The Clean Air insulation gas we use consists exclusively of components found in ambient air.”

EWE NETZ GmbH promotes innovation and sustainability. Through its grid in northwestern Germany, the company already transports an average of 96 percent renewable energy over the course of the year. With the environmentally friendly upgrade of its medium-voltage grid node in Brake, EWE NETZ now aims to combine a high level of supply security with climate-neutral technology. The Brake switchgear installation is part of the grid supplying electricity to around 90,000 inhabitants in the city of Brake as well as in the Wesermarsch region.

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