G&W’s Trident Distribution Switchgear ensures grid stability in extreme conditions

The technology could be submerged in water whilst remaining energised.

G&W Electric enables a resilient distribution power grid through the Trident Distribution Switchgear which can withstand extreme weather conditions. 

Kyle Stromberg, global product line manager for underground at G&W Electric, said the technology can function underwater, offering unprecedented resilience to extreme weather events like floods and tsunamis.

“What makes this product unique is its ability to be completely submerged in water and remain energised. This has a lot of benefits to improving the resiliency of the grid [as] we are seeing more and more high-impact, low-frequency weather events occurring in the world,” he told the Asian Power at the Smart Energy Week.

Additionally, Stromberg said that the switchgear's solid dielectric technology supports both grid resilience and decarbonisation efforts. 

“This product is maintenance free, environmentally friendly, and it's very resilient and designed to withstand the conditions, even the harshest conditions that can occur in certain environments,” he noted.

Stromberg also mentioned the ongoing development of the technology, including the integration of an integral visible break for enhanced safety during maintenance.

The product has also been used globally, particularly in Southeast Asia, with an installation based in the Philippines.

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