Energy and power transmission equipment

Power plants and grid infrastructure are installed worldwide, sometimes in harsh environments in which the machinery is exposed to certain extreme climatic conditions. Gas power plants in Siberia,  wind turbines in Canada, solar power plants in India, or off-grid diesel-electric gensets in Alaska, they all can suffer from extreme weather to which they are exposed. Low temperatures and/or icing conditions, humid environments or hot climate conditions may harm the performance and reliability of certain energy infrastructure if these factors are not taken properly into account.   

Our climatic test facility is therefore used by international OEM’s and component suppliers to test and validate power plants and grid infrastructure systems to their climatic limits in order to make sure they perform well in all conditions over their calculated lifetime at certain locations where extreme weather pose a risk for the infrastructure. 

Functional tests in the climate chamber are performed under electrical load, as well as no-load tests to validate the storage, transport and installations limits of the designs. Electrical machinery as liquid filled and cast resin transformers, switch gears, power converters, circuit breakers, diesel-electric gensets, energy storage systems (ultracapacitors, battery or hydrogen storage technology), inverter systems, and electric generators can undergo climatic testing in the large climate chamber to prove the worthiness of the systems for cold climate, icing climate, dry-heat climate and hot humid conditions. 

energy grid transmission

The following test standards can be fulfilled as unique test offerings for the energy and grid infrastructure industry:

  • Thermal shock test cast resin transformers IEC-60076-11 / GOST-R 54827: climatic class C1 (-5°C) ; C2 (-25°C) ; C3 (-45°C); C4 (-60°C)

A unique feature in our climate chamber is the possibility to test and verify according the C3 and C4 climatic class between -40°C and -60°C for arctic and extreme low temperature sites.

  • Environmental test IEC 60068-2-1 (Cold / low temperature)
  • Environmental test IEC 60068-2-2 (Hot / dry heat conditions)
  • Environmental test IEC-60068-2-14 (Change of temperature / temperature cycle)
  • Environmental test IEC-60068-2-30 (Damp heat Cyclic)