Tuesday, November 01, 2005

'Factor 4' Solutions: the amorphous iron transformer

Transformers are an essential part of our electricity system. Depending on their size and loading, the efficiency of distribution transformers varies between 95 to more than 99%. On average, around 2% of electricity generated is lost in transformers. Around the world, over 300 TWh of electricity is lost in this way. With amorphous iron transformers, this loss can be reduced by a factor 4. For Europe, this means 22 TWh of electricity saved, equivalent to 11 million tonne of greenhouse gas emissions. So far, only a few 100 of these transformers have been installed in Europe, on a total transformer population of 4 million units.
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