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TE Connectivity offers energy customers enhanced tools to prevent animal-related fires

10 May 2023

TE Connectivity (TE) offers the power sector an extended suite of Wildlife and Asset Protection solutions to reduce the risks of fires caused by wildlife coming into contact with power transmission systems, thanks to its V0+ materials science formulation.

“Even when a devastating wildfire is avoided, a single squirrel can cause a massive power outage leaving tens of thousands of customers without power for hours and cost a utility company hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

“This means that safeguarding overhead lines and substations by installing insulating covers and barriers seems like a sensible and necessary strategic investment,” says Wildlife and Asset Protection Senior Product Manager Luis Puigcerver. 

“We work side by side with utility owners to help them develop a strategic plan to replace, retrofit or upgrade their most at-risk assets and boost insulation through the power grid, based on robust and structured risk assessment.” 

To mitigate active threats of fire successfully, and reduce the risk of unplanned outages and fires starting in the first place, grid operators need to make evidence-based decisions on insulation and isolation solutions. 

V0+ builds on the high-performing capabilities of TE’s robust Raychem materials, which provide excellent tracking and erosion resistance testing (TERT) performance and proven longevity. 

TE’s advanced V0+ material is optimised to deliver 5,000 hours of UV and thermal endurance performance, high TERT performance (>180min STEP method with abrasion), and also V0 compliance according to UL94, bringing something new to the energy industry. 

Now, instead of being forced to choose between high TERT performance and V0, customers benefit from both in one unique material.

"TE Connectivity’s Raychem Wildlife and Asset Protection portfolio is designed and optimized to achieve over 40 years in service, taking into account UV aging, thermal endurance, heat resistance while ensuring optimal tracking resistance,” says Brian McGowan, Global Wildlife and Asset Protection Manager at TE. 

“For utility owners and operators, this gives them lasting confidence that our solutions will outperform the assets they are protecting.”

TE’s white paper, “Grid Hardening, Increasing Reliability and Reducing Wildlife Related Fire Risk”, explores common ignition risks associated with power distribution systems and outlines what can be done to prevent ignition and minimise (or even avert) flame propagation, which are both costly and have a devasting environmental impact. 

For example, a blaze started by an electrocuted crow at a California solar farm swept through over 1,000 acres, slashing its generating capacity by 84 percent, which resulted in a loss of nearly $9 million in revenue. TE’s expanded product range is designed to help prevent incidents like this.

Download the white paper and learn more or contact TE to speak to an expert.

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