2022/05/20

SGB-SMIT and ENEXIS reduce CO2 in transformer production

Long before topics such as sustainability or CO2 footprint gained relevance, transformers from the SGB-SMIT Group were among the most durable and sustainable industrial products. On the one hand, this is due to the transformer principle itself, which allows a long service life and relatively simple recycling of the materials used. But it is also due to the spirit of innovation, skill and experience within the group - for example, when efficiency and no-load losses undergo constant improvement.

An example of how SGB-SMIT and its partners are driving forward the further development of transformers: the medium power transformer currently in production at the Regensburg site, which is being developed and built for the Dutch customer ENEXIS. The core of the transformer is made of steel electrical steel strip, the production of which generates only half of the CO2 emissions previously produced*. In this way, we are already taking measures with the starting materials that effectively reduce the overall footprint of the transformer.

The fact that we were able to commit ENEXIS, a Dutch grid operator, as a customer for this groundbreaking transformer is no coincidence: ENEXIS is fully committed to the energy turnaround and is actively contributing to the goal of achieving a CO2-neutral society by 2050. As a building block for CO2 reduction, the transformer from SGB Regensburg will soon be used in the Moerdijk substation, south of Rotterdam.

The SGB-SMIT Group considers it one of its most important tasks to help shape the energy transition and to support customer companies in the necessary transition with future-proof products. The transformer currently developed for ENEXIS shows that there is still potential in terms of CO2 reduction in transformers. And SGB-SMIT is already in the process of utilizing and expanding this potential - together with innovative customers like ENEXIS.

*More about bluemint® Steel from thyssenkrupp Electrical Steel in our news article.

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