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Nothing as sustainable as a transformer SUSTAINABILITY IS A HOT TOPIC: CONSUMERS, BUSINESSES AND AUTHORITIES CONCERNED ARE ALL WITH THE SUBJECT ON AN ALMOST DAILY BASIS, THOUGH FROM VERY DIFFERENT ANGLES. URGENDA (MARJAN MINNESMA) RECENTLY INITIATED A COURT CASE BECAUSE, IN HER OPINION, SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE IN OUR COUNTRY TO INCREASE AWARENESS SUSTAINABLE ABOUT A SOCIETY. We are constantly bombarded with words like green energy, sustainable construction, high-efficiency equipment and electric or hybrid cars. The question as to whether sustainability measures affect transformer manufacturers therefore seems to be a legitimate one. But the answer is simple: a transformer is sustainability par excellence. After all, transformers are developed to ensure that the transfer of energy takes place as efficiently as possible, with energy losses kept to an absolute minimum. A transformer ensures that the voltage can be increased or decreased, and it's a 8 continuous challenge to make this process more and more efficient. Currently, a mere 0.3% of the energy generated is lost. And according to experts, there is room to bring down this percentage even further. Another contribution to greater sustainability is that transformers are mostly made of iron and copper. And these materials are easy to recycle. Evolution Demand for sustainable energy generation is exerting influence on the market for transformer production. Wind farms are being built and solar parks installed. Consumers are demanding sustainable energy, but they have their limits: a wind turbine in their backyard might be a step too far. Wind farms are therefore increasingly found offshore or at least far away from urban areas. Transformers ensure that the energy generated arrives at the homes and businesses that need it. Additionally, the demand for shunt reactors is increasing rapidly as these are needed to stabilise the voltage. Engineers are expected to keep coming up with solutions for their clients. Such as smaller mobile transformers that can be used in a variety of locations.


Smit - The Power Of Manufacturing
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