SF6 Gas Alternatives

June 2022

IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Substations Committee’s Gas Insulated Substations Subcommittee and its K19 Working Group has a new guide currently being written entitled: PC37.122.10 Guide for Handling Non-SF6 Gas Mixtures for High Voltage Equipment.

The guide is being created to support the Transmission and Distribution Electrical Power Utility, Power Generation, and Industrial Power sectors where SF6 GIE may be replaced with new technologies such as SF6 gas alternatives to mitigate impact on climate change.

There are some existing and on-going IEEE PES materials related to this topic as follows:

Active Committees/Task Forces of Interest
  • The IEEE PES Substations Committee K19 Working Group is currently in the process of creating this new guide and encourages your participation if this topic is of interest to you. To learn more or to get involved, please visit: https://cmte.ieee.org/pes-substations/sck0/wgk19/
  •  IEEE PES Meetings will be scheduled for the coming year with an expectation that the guide may be completed within the next 24 to 48 months. For a list of upcoming IEEE PES Substations Committee meetings, please visit: https://cmte.ieee.org/pes-substations/meetings/
Technical Reports & Applicable Papers or Presentations
The new IEEE PES guide is being designed to be in line with other non-IEEE standards and guides such as:
IEC Standard & Guides
CIGRE Technical Brochures
This new IEEE PES guide currently underway will provide stakeholders and SF6 gas alternative GIE owners guidance on how to safely handle the different SF6 gas alternative options that may be installed in their GIE fleet. The guide will address field analysis, mixing, filling for new GIE, recovery, and top off processes as well as recovery for disposal. The guide will also be well in line with the IEEE PES Substations Committee’s PC37.122.3 Guide for Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) Gas Handling for High-Voltage (over 1000 Vac) Equipment currently in revision and review as some of the processes parallel each other.
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