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Electrical industry’s dependency upon the use SF6 gas and its safety hazards

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The electrical industry makes use of Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas to prevent short circuits and accidents. 

Low in cost and non-flammable, SF6 is a colorless, odorless synthetic gas. It is effective on insulating material for medium and high-voltage electrical installations. As SF6 gas helps prevent electrical accidents and fires, it is widely used across the electrical industry from large power stations to wind turbines to electrical sub-stations in towns and cities.

  • Circuit Breaker
  • Gas-insulated lines
  • Capacitors
  • Switchgears
  • Power, Voltage, and current transformers

Effects of SF6 gas on human 

Though, SF6 gas is non-hazardous and it will not directly harm humans or animals, however, it is much heavier than air therefore can displace oxygen in the lungs leading to unconsciousness when inhaled in extremely large quantities. Hence the SF6 gas requires careful handling.

Why should we be worried about SF6?

SF6 has a very high global warming potential. Even a small quantity of this gas in the atmosphere can lead to a large effect on global temperature.

1 Kg of SF6 is equivalent to 23,500 kg of CO2.
The Energy Distribution industry is responsible for 80% of SF6 emissions. Annual global SF6 emissions are equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions produced by approx. 100 million cars.

As we can see how harmful SF6 gas can be for both human as well as the environment, continuous monitoring of gas concentration in the ambient air is important so as to avoid hazards.

As one of the leading manufacturers of various gas detection systems; Ambetronics SF6 gas leak detectors are the best solution for detecting SF6 gas leaks. Ambetronics provides a range of SF6 Gas Detection Systems to choose from according to customers requirement. 

It comes in different models; namely: 

  • SF6 Gas Detector / Monitor (Fixed Type)
  • Portable SF6 Gas Detector (Handheld type)
  • Portable SF6 Gas Detector (Special Suitcase casing)
  • SF6 Gas Detector (Rack Mounting type)

These detectors are well equipped to sense the slightest increase of the gas concentration. When the concentration goes beyond the safe point, it will generate alerts to warn the staff. It becomes very crucial to alert the workers as well as the security personnel at the earliest so as to take necessary action to control the risk. 

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