First Philec to produce ‘green’ transformers

Mar 31, 2021
Posted by Patrick Haddad

First Philec Inc., The Philippines’ largest transformer manufacturer, has announced the launch of green transformers made from 100 percent recyclable and biodegradable materials to help power distributors bring down system losses and reduce carbon footprint.

First Philec president Ariel Ong said all metallic parts of the new transformer model are recyclable while all its non-metallic components will be biodegradable or recyclable.

“The new First Philec transformer model will not only allow our customers to reduce their carbon footprint, but it will offer the highest efficiency in its class and extended product life and use. These advantages will also help our customers save on their electricity expenses,” he said.

“The new transformer model will use an insulating coolant from natural ester, which is a vegetable-based and non-polluting oil product from renewably sourced and sustainably grown crop seeds. Any accidental release of the transformer’s non-metallic parts poses no risk to the environment due to its full biodegradability,” Ong said.

“In our country, up to nine percent of generated electricity goes to waste due to systems losses. Each percentage point of these losses translates to over P6 billion in industry losses every year,” said First Philec customer development head Luis Trinidad.

Since First Philec will use a magnetic material known as an amorphous core, he said the green transformer performs at a higher efficiency level and lower loss design than regular electrical steel.

“In many countries, standard manufacturing practice still relies heavily on petroleum, single-use plastic packaging, and other compounds as material inputs for transformers. Our use of environment-friendly raw materials and avoidance of plastic waste will mark a departure from this practice,” Ong said.

“The launch of this new transformer model will represent our company’s humble contribution to the new mission of FPH and all its subsidiaries. It is our own small way of helping the world turn into a greener place to live in,” the First Philec president said.

Source: Philstar

Photo (for illustrative purposes): Manila City Philippines / AGDProductions / Pixabay / Free for commercial use


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