Eaton Engineers Circuit Breakers for Wind Applications, Improving Power Reliability, Efficiency and Safety

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today launched the VCP-Wind medium voltage vacuum circuit breaker that is designed specifically for wind applications. The new, compact circuit breaker is engineered to provide reliable and robust circuit protection for wind farm collector substations.

“Eaton strives to provide customers with a range of circuit protection solutions designed to improve power reliability, reduce energy consumption and enhance safety – in a compact footprint,” said Len Walls, product line manager at Eaton. “The VCP-Wind circuit breaker is specifically engineered to meet the requirements of wind farm applications.”

The VCP-Wind circuit breaker incorporates Eaton’s industry-leading vacuum interrupting technology. Eaton’s vacuum interrupters avoid the use of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6), which poses environmental and safety concerns. They are designed to reliably switch high stress currents, and require no cooling or ventilation systems. Additionally, they are encapsulated in epoxy resin material and are designed to require virtually no maintenance over the product life cycle.

Eaton’s new 38 kilovolt (kV) VCP-Wind breakers offer current ratings up to 2000 amperes (A) without fan cooling and 31.5 kiloamperes (kA). They meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) C37.09 standards.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and automation, and monitoring products and services. Eaton’s global electrical product series, including Cutler-Hammer®, Moeller®, Powerware®, Holec®, MEM®, and Santak® provide customer-driven solutions to serve the power system needs of the data center, industrial, institutional, public sector, utility, commercial, residential, IT, mission critical, alternative energy and OEM markets worldwide.


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