Kyte Powertech, designed the transformer that powered the COP26 Conference in Glasgow, which ran from November 1 to 12.
COP stands for Conference of the Parties and COP26 was organised by the United Nations Climate Change Conference to bring governments from all over the world together to agree solutions, initiatives, and targets to "accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change".
Kyte Powertech (KP), formerly known as Pauwels Trafo and Compton Greaves and now under a new local management team, specially designed and manufactured the eco-friendly transformer through its Electrical & Mechanical Engineering department in Cavan.
The project was done in conjunction with SPEN - a distribution and transmission network operator that keeps electricity flowing to homes and businesses throughout parts of Scotland, Wales and the UK Merseyside.
Dr Gokhan Kalkan, Research and Development Director at Kyte Powertech, said the team was delighted to deliver the transformer. “We are exceptionally proud of playing our part in reducing the carbon footprint and creating a sustainable future for future generations,” he told the Celt.
THE SCIENCE BIT
He further explained how the transformer works: "This is a 1000kVA transformer using an exceptionally environmentally friendly oil. The oil used in the unit holds negative carbon footprint.
"Our low loss transformer is filled with a 100% renewable and biodegradable insulating fluid, which has been fitted with fibre optic temperature sensors and will give a greater understanding of internal operating conditions."
The expertise of the staff at KP played a major role in the delivering of this unit to the COP26 conference.
The team has an important goal and KP is determined to play its part in reversing the effects of climate change on our planet.
"We hope to achieve net zero carbon footprint in our products in collaboration with our partners, customers and suppliers whereby we develop solutions for future networks. These solutions started in development in 2018. Research and Development (R&D) is key to the sustainability and future of the planet and environment," said Dr Kalkan.
Kyte Powertech employs 430 people with over 20 nationalities represented at the Cavan facility exporting to more than 24 countries. It has significant relationships with strategic partners such as ESB, NIE, SPEN, Western Power, UKPN. KP supplies all utilities in UK, Ireland, Belgium, and The Netherlands alongside a diverse portfolio of industrial applications – solar/electric vehicle charging stations or battery storage – populating 25 units in Ireland's first battery storage facility in Gormanstown, Co Meath.