Crompton Greaves has launched its 1,600kV Ultra High Voltage (UHV) research centre at its switchgear complex in Nashik, Maharashtra, India.

The research centre is spread across 21,786ft² and is 118ft tall, and nearly INR400m (£4.06m) was invested in the centre.

The company claims the research centre facilitates reliable and economic new product development for the global UHV/EHV (extra high voltage) markets, spanning 800kV EHV to 1,200kV UHV power transmission systems.

"The company claims the research centre facilitates reliable and economic new product development for the global UHV/EHV markets."

The centre will focus on the research and development of high power sub-station equipment, such as circuit breakers (live tank and dead tank), GIS (gas insulated switchgear), transformer bushings, instrument transformers like the current transformers, inductive voltage transformers and capacitive voltage transformers (CT / IVT / CVT), surge arresters and disconnectors with enhanced capabilities and at competitive prices.

The centre is equipped with 1,600kV AC and 3,600kV, 360kJ impulse test systems to conduct all the dielectric performance tests according to the latest global IEC, ANSI standards and other international product standards.

The unit will also facilitate developmental research tests on new dielectric systems and produc

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This UHV infrastructure will help in the local manufacture of UHV products, thus saving huge costs on imports to Indian customers.

Avantha Group Company CG’s CEO and managing director Laurent Demortier said the research centre will provide the company with the necessary tools to effectively compete in the fast-growing UHV/ EHV market segments.

"The CG centre in Nashik, which has been providing medium voltage (MV) and high voltage (HV) switchgear for customers all around the world, will fuel CG’s growth by producing a full range of EHV and UHV switchgear up to 1200KV," Demortier said.