9 advantages of using polypropylene for medium-voltage cable insulation
November 15th, 2022
For decades, cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) has been dominating the power cable market. Now, polypropylene (PP) provides a strong alternative. The advantages speak for themselves.
The advantages of using polypropylene for the insulation of medium-voltage cables speak for themselves:
- It can be fully recycled
Polypropylene is a thermoplastic material that can be re-melted. That means it can be reused, for example as a sheathing material (or for other purposes).
- It consumes less energy
Producing the raw material polypropylene (PP) already consumes considerably less energy compared to polyethylene (PE). PP also leads to significant energy-savings in line operation.
- It simplifies the entire production process
The complex process of crosslinking is eliminated completely. No degassing, and no steam bath process is necessary. This also means reduced maintenance requirements.
- It makes your line layout much shorter
The simplified production process leads to a more compact line layout. You can save up to 40% in length and up to 60% in height.
- The scrap rate is significantly reduced
With a polypropylene insulation line the startup scrap rate is lower compared to a CV line. This results in substantial savings.
- Its electrical behavior is excellent
Tests showed that the electrical behavior of medium-voltage cables with polypropylene insulation is equal to or better than cables made with XLPE.
- It allows higher temperatures
The integrity of the finished cable is maintained up to 130 °C in emergency with 110 °C normal operating temperature.
- there are no water trees
First test results show that polypropylene has better water tree retardant properties than XLPE.
- It saves costs today and tomorrow
The costs for a PP insulation line are typically significantly lower than for XLPE systems, both in terms of acquisition and ongoing operation. The energy savings pay off, too.
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