Recently, ABB partnered with the United Kingdom Power Networks to reduce their use of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6). For those who don’t know (we definitely didn’t know at first) SF6 is the world’s most potent greenhouse gas.
In their 2030 Sustainability Strategy ABB showcased its commitment to assisting its customers and suppliers reduce emissions. This partnership will use a Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) that features AirPlus gas, which acts as an insulator between the electrical contacts with almost zero impact on the earth’s atmosphere. The GIS will enable UK Power Networks to reduce the SF6 for 8.3 million homes and businesses in their network. ABB was one of the first companies to offer SF6 free switchgear solutions and it is a major player in the company’s sustainability efforts where they are attempting to transition to a completely SF6 Free portfolio.
Between their new GIS in the UK and cable ties on Mars, keep an eye out for what comes next from ABB!
You can find cable ties at building sites, transportation stations, computer labs, and even at sea. But did you know that you can now find ABB cable ties on a different planet?!
Yes, you read that correctly. ABB is officially out of this world.
In fact, ABB products have been provided to the NASA space program since 1973 with some cable ties from active missions still in use. Now, the Ty-Rap cable ties are part of the Mars Perseverance rover that landed on February 18 ,2021 for its current exploration of Mars. Even with the advanced equipment of the rover, wires are secured with cable ties like you would manage cables at your own home.
The Mars Exploration Program, which includes the Perseverance rover, seeks to answer further questions about Mars and its potential for supporting life. With a partner like ABB we can look forward to many more years of exploration!
In April 2021, Leviton announced their new five-year partnership with the electrical training ALLIANCE (etA) that will include training kits, funding, instruction, and technical expertise to achieve the shared goal of shaping our nation’s electrical workforce into the most advanced and best trained in the world.
The partnership will provide a variety of resources from Leviton focusing on a mixture of learning tools to which all etA training centers will have access to the variety of digital and hands-on instruction. As stated in the press release from Leviton, specific programs in the partnership include:
“Wiring device endowments and training kits for regional etA chapters known as Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (JATC’s). Each kit demonstrates features and installation requirements.
Factory technical support provided at the local level to regional JATC’s.
Support to etA’s National Training Institute (NTI) help annually at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
$5000 Scholarship grant to a deserving NTI Graduate as part of the etA’s Advanced Studies Program.
Financial support of NTI logistics and operations.
Site use at Leviton Live Experience Centers for etA personnel. Access offers the opportunity f or etA to conduct regional meetings as well as experiential learnings with cutting-edge electrical equipment installed in real-world applications.”
Every year, Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine hosts a competition for the top product of the year where readers can vote for the winner; voting ends on June 28th. This year there are 32 nominations with some familiar companies and products that make it difficult to choose only one Product of the Year.
We want to share congratulations to all of our partners who were nominated. Thank you for your innovation and hard work!
We already knew that Square D by Schneider Electric was a brand with a history of innovation and trust, but we are excited to report that their energy center was recently recognized with the 2020 Global Innovation Award from the National Association of Home Builders. The Square D Energy Center specifically won the Product of the Year award for its proficiency in home energy control and monitoring. It will be available in spring 2021.
The energy center includes “whole-home surge protection, EV connectivity, the Qwik-Connect solar inverter, a backup interface module, [and] a backup-ready panel” in the redesign of the residential electrical panel, powered by Schneider Electric’s Wiser Energy intelligence. While a Tesla and solar panels do not come with the energy center, the emphasis on adaptability and sustainability in home energy use is an asset to its innovation. Making whole-home surge protection a standard part of the energy center offers maximum protection, and we could see this technology becoming more popular, especially as the spring storm season rolls in.
Our congratulations go out to Square D for this wonderful accomplishment!
You can learn more about the Square D energy center here and read more about the Product of the Year award here.