SF6 is used in electrical utilities as an insulating medium. It has been identified as a greenhouse gas in the 1997 Kyoto protocol and emissions must be reduced. Current measures for reduction of emissions are directed towards more vigilant maintenance practices, but the search of alternative solution to the use of SF6must be envisaged in case of stronger constraints. The project aims at developing a green gas able to replace SF6 in electrical utilities. The methodology adopted is totally different from previous works. We will combine molecular modelling, Life Cycle Analysis and experimental works. Molecular modelling will be used to understand SF6 properties, to imagine and develop new molecules. New molecules will be synthesised for experimental tests. We will evaluate environmental impact and economical interest of the new insulating systems with LCA and costs analysis. It is then expected to identify an alternative system to SF6.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
5000 Namur / Namen