IEEE 693 seismic qualification testing
Protecting equipment from external harm is a major focus of the Siemens Energy Pretact® concept for grid resilience. When earthquakes occur, they can pose a threat to substation equipment. The main concerns are the possibility of an outage (with society’s demand for electrical service in a post-earthquake situation) and the potential cost of replacing damaged equipment.
IEEE 693 (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the most common standard for seismic qualification requirements of high-voltage substation equipment worldwide. A qualification by shake-table testing is technically the best way to ensure the structural integrity and the continuous functionality of a component. This method shakes the specimens in such a way that they are subjected to conditions representative of true earthquake ground motions.
Successful Blue GIS 8VN1 earthquake test
The Blue GIS 8VN1 from Siemens Energy is an innovative, compact switchgear product. 8VN1 doesn’t use Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6 gas) or other fluorine gases as an insulating and interrupting medium. Instead of greenhouse gases, it uses compressed synthetic air (so called clean air) technology to provide insulation between live parts and the earthed metal housing. For short-circuit and continuous current interruption proven vacuum interrupter technology is used to achieve very reliable and long-term stable power switching functionality.
Recently an 8VN1 145 kV Blue GIS successfully passed the 1.0g high performance level IEEE 693 seismic qualification tests. During the testing procedure, the unit withstood the performed seismic activity without sustaining any damage and without displaying any impaired functionality. During the earth quake test multiple on-off vacuum interrupter switchings were done successfully.
Environmentally friendly, technically advanced and incredibly resilient
The Blue GIS 8VN1 has many benefits to offer. Besides being compact and technically more advanced than SF6 insulation, it features an F-gas free design, which provides clear environmental benefits. In addition, this successful earthquake test of the Blue GIS 8VN1 at 145 kV level makes it an indispensable switchgear solution for substations located in areas prone to earthquakes.
„This successful seismic qualification test demonstrates the impressive design of the Blue GIS 8VN1 and the contribution that this product can make to overall grid resilience”, Dr. Beatrix Natter, Executive Vice President Siemens Energy Transmission.
By producing innovative Blue GIS with validated earthquake withstanding capabilities Siemens Energy is contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals number 7 and number 9: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” and “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”.
Siemens Energy Transmission
Transmission products play a vital role in the energy value chain. Siemens Energy Transmission offers all key elements including power transformers, gas-insulated and / or air-insulated switchgear and components, individually or bundled, with related engineering. With our global factory network and leading innovations we provide the highest level of quality and reliability to support our customers in achieving their objectives.
The Pretact® concept
The Pretact® concept from Siemens Energy was introduced to maximize the resilience of modern power grids. It includes a comprehensive set of modular features to prevent and better protect transformers and high-voltage products from operational issues, as well as against natural disasters or forced outages. In addition, highly flexible “mobile resilience units” provide a chance to react quickly in case of an emergency or planned maintenance.