Eco-friendly Gas Insulated Switchgear for Electric Railway

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiry[INQ. NO. 1811M08] KEREC (Korea Electric Research Engineering Construction Co., Ltd.) is planning to become a total engineering company by expanding its business to the field of heavy electric machinery manufacturing. KEREC, having started as a company specialized in engineering such as design, supervision and construction of railroad, has carried forward diversification of its business model into heavy electric machinery manufacturing, such as distribution board, switchgear, etc. from years ago.
Recently, KEREC has completed development of KE-29GIS, an ecofriendly gas insulated switchgear for electric railways, which minimized the filling volume of sulphur hexafluoride, and now is taking the lead in the market in earnest. This product is a device used for the sectioning post and auxiliary sectioning post for the power supply system of the electric railway, power plant, substation, etc. The characteristic of this product is that as it is embedded in the metal enclosure such as circuit breaker, disconnecting switch, etc., the stability of the facility is secured.
KEREC plans to discover new markets by participating in a tender of Korea Rail Network Authority from the latter half of this year. In particular, as broadscale projects of improvement and repair are anticipated to be ordered due to deterioration of the railway facilities, the utilization rate of KE-29GIS is expected to be even higher.
Seong-Oug Lee, President & CEO of KEREC, commented, “Expectations are high due to the situation where safety and environment are being emphasized and SOC-related improvement and repair orders are being expanded. Demand is likely to increase more if related businesses such as the North-South railway project get started in earnest.”
At the same time, the 25.8kV eco-friendly switchgear under development is also noteworthy. This product, planned to be completed next year, is expected to become a stepping stone for KEREC to advance into the overall electric power industry, including KEPCO projects.
KEREC’s efforts to expand into heavy electric machinery were affected by the recession in the electric railroad engineering sector. In recent years, the electric railway sector has been slowing down due to overall reduction of the business. Therefore, KEREC has selected the heavy electric industry as a sector in which it can combine the technologies and capabilities accumulated in the engineering sector.
CEO Lee explained, “We are a professional company owning as many as 20 professional engineers and doctors of engineering rarely in the industry. I thought that there will be enough chance of winning if we combine the experiences accumulated for the time with the manufacturing business.”
In addition, KEREC is planning to be reborn as a total engineering company in the electric power field by considering advancement into the new, renewable energy and energy storage system (ESS) as well as heavy electric machinery. Research and development of a microgrid combining the distributed power sources such as photovoltaic and wind power with ESS is now underway, and the outline of the project is expected to be unveiled by the end of next year. CEO Lee said, “We aim to become a total engineering company by expanding our business range into the heavy electric machinery manufacturing based on our technological prowess in the electric railway. We will contribute to development of the industry with continuous technology investment and training of human resources.”

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