Taiwan Power Company extends maintenance intervals from weeks to years with
The Taiwan Power Company’s Din-Hu substation, which is located near the
coast in the Lin Co Industry Park in Taipei County, is constantly exposed to a
combination of salt air and industrial and chemical pollution from the other
plants in the park.
Pollutants and high-saline environments contaminate high-voltage insulators
and bushings. This contamination can lead to costly power interruptions caused
by electrical arcing and flashovers. Consequently power companies spend a lot
of time, effort, and money battling contamination build-up.
At first, the Din-Hu substation water-washed its insulators and bushings to
prevent flashovers. But this involved shutting down the power once every two
weeks in winter and once a week in summer.
To reduce these costly shutdowns, management decided to apply a silicone
grease compound instead. The silicone grease extended the maintenance
interval to a full two years.
To reduce maintenance requirements even further, the company began coating
its bushings with a silicone high-voltage insulator coating (HVIC). The
silicone HVIC performed even better than the grease. Three years after
it was applied, the company inspected the bushings and water washed them. They
found the coating still had good hydrophobicity and continued to provide a high
level of protection.
It was a full six years before a new layer of coating needed to be
applied. In all that time, there were no flashovers and the only
maintenance required was that single water-washing at the three-year mark.
Thanks to silicone, the substation has significantly reduced both
maintenance-related shutdowns and maintenance costs.
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