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Generator Circuit-Breakers (GCB) are key components to improve the reliability and protection of your paramount power unit equipment such as generators and step-up transformers. Their installation leads to higher power plant selectivity, increased availability, together with simplification of the operational procedures and a reduction of the overall costs. With Siemens, your retrofit and new power plant projects will be supported by one of the most experienced partner in Generator Circuit-Breaker solution. Dedicated to deliver durable and reliable solution, Siemens has been systematically advancing generator switchgear with vacuum switching technology providing our customer with proven SF6- and maintenance-free vacuum technology.

What are GCBs used for? Discover their benefits

Waste-to-energy power plants convert sources of waste into heat. Operators use the heat generated in this incineration process to produce electricity and district heat. High power plant selectivity is needed!

Geothermal power plants use hydrothermal resources from the depths of the earth. The hot water or steam powers a turbine to produce renewable electrical energy. It requires powerful and reliable components, seamlessly integrated and with optimum availability

In Thermal power-plant, the waste heat produced in a plant facility is used in other industrial processes, extracted to cover the heat demand of individual buildings, or distributed to a district heating system.

In combined cycle power plants (CCPP) a gas turbine generator generates electricity while the waste heat from the gas turbine is used to produce steam to generate additional electricity via a steam turbine.

The latest technology achieves unprecedented efficiency levels of more than 60 percent.

Hydroelectric power plants use energy of water to drive a turbine and must be sustainable to protect the environment.

They need to be efficient and available for a long time before refurbishment. 

Synchronous condensers are machines designed to provide inertia and short-circuit power by means of rotating mass while also providing or absorbing reactive power for dynamic loads.
 

With the increasing penetration of nonsynchronous generators (wind turbine, photovoltaics, and battery storage system), synchronous condensers are proven solution to stabilize the grid.

Our GCBs are built to operate numerous times a day with utmost reliability thanks to a full-spring operating mechanism with a lifespan up to 20,000 CO operations.

 

• less operational expenses
• less maintenance effort
• less outage
 

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Our GCBs are tailored to individual requirements and deliver the most reliable full-spring operating mechanism to stabilize the grid
 

• High reliability

• Reduced carbon footprint with vacuum technology

• less maintenance effort

 

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The installation of GCBs leads to higher power plant selectivity, increasing availability and simplifying the operational procedures.

 

• High reliability

• Increased service continuity

• less maintenance effort

 

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Our GCBs are capable of withstanding high and low temperatures. They are cost-efficient as no further construction is necessary.
 

• Ready for H2S & artic environment
• Minimized installation costs
• Lower energy consumption

 

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The installation of GCBs leads to higher power plant selectivity, increasing availability and simplifying the operational procedures.
 

• Increased service continuity
• Reduced carbon footprint with F-gas free technology

 

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Our vacuum GCBs do not use F-gas and help to preserve the environment while increasing the availability of your power plant.

• Reduced carbon footprint
• Increased cost-efficiency and service continuity
• Minimized installation and maintenance costs 

 

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Pumped storage power plants (PSPP) are proven methods available for grid-scale energy storage. They are needed in areas with high installed capacities of wind parks and solar power plants to significantly support grid reliability. To that end, the availability of the power plant must be high to provide energy during peak demand.

Our GCBs are key elements to improve the reliability and protection of the generator and step-up transformer while reducing the carbon footprint of renewable power generation.

• Increased cost-efficiency and service continuity
• Minimized maintenance costs

 

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The installation of GCBs leads to higher power plant selectivity, increasing availability and simplifying the operational procedures.
 

• High reliability

• Increased service continuity

• less maintenance effort

 

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Concentrated solar Power plants (or solar-thermal power plants) convert solar radiation into heat and electricity. They need to support smaller carbon footprint.

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The most reliable and sustainable vacuum generator circuit-breaker (up to 450 MW)

Generator Circuit-Breakers are key components to improve the reliability and protection of power plant. Thanks to SF6- and maintenance-free vacuum technology, they reduce the CO2 footprint and operational cost of your power plant!

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Sustainable and reliable

All our generator switchgear portfolio is equipped with vacuum circuit-breaker, the proven and reliable Siemens switching technology with no gas-handling! The air insulated, metal-encapsulated design consists of materials that are completely recyclable. 

 

Siemens HB3 is the world’s first and only vacuum generator circuit-breaker for power plant applications above 150 MW. It benefits from an unrivalled technology to optimize / reduce the carbon footprint and the operational expenditure of your power plant. 

The proven HB3 solution belongs to the “blue”-portfolio of Siemens for energy and environment protection.

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