EDF Energy use consultancy for planet-friendly power

EDF Energy use consultancy for planet-friendly power

"This work will significantly help the UK to achieve a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy supply."
Overview 

Dr Zhongdong Wang from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester worked with EDF Energy to assess new, environmentally friendly oils for use in power transformers.

Project 

Power transformers traditionally use mineral oils as an insulating material, which is not readily biodegradable and can pollute soil and waterways if a transformer fails. EDF Energy commissioned Dr Wang and her team to investigate the suitability of novel vegetable –based oil which is 98% biodegradable within four weeks.

Results 

The team contributed to EDF Energy’s environmental agenda and, specifically, its aim of being the first energy company to develop and operate an environmentally friendly high voltage power transformer in Europe. Running parallel to this consultancy project, the team has completed two phases of a research project, which looks at further uses of ‘green’ oils for higher voltage and higher power transformers. It is now ready to start a £1.2m research project as the third phase. This work will significantly help the UK to achieve a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy supply.

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