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BRUSH launches new transformer test cell facility in Loughborough

BRUSH Group launches new transformer test cell facility in Loughborough

BRUSH Group has opened a new transformer test cell facility in Loughborough, Leicestershire, aiming to enhance the testing capabilities for newly manufactured power transformers. 

The opening event was attended by key customer representatives and BRUSH employees. The new facility includes a high-voltage acoustic test area with 12-meter-high doors, allowing for a variety of tests on transformers to ensure high performance standards. This includes routine and type tests for transformers up to 170kV, covering both new builds and retrofit units.

The addition of this facility expands BRUSH’s production capacity, responding to the increasing demand for power transformers in the UK, a critical component as the country advances its decarbonisation efforts.

Nicolas Pitrat, CEO of BRUSH Group, commented, “We’re seeing rapidly increasing demand for power transformers from all segments of our customer base in the UK, from power networks operators and renewable energy producers to public infrastructure providers and commercial developers.”

“Opening of our new world-class test cell here in Loughborough allows us to keep pace with that demand and play our part in the domestic supply chain, enabling energy producers and consumers to connect to the grid and accelerate towards net zero. I’m really proud of what the team at BRUSH has achieved with this latest investment, and especially pleased with our team of new engineering apprentices who have come on board to support our growth including operating the new test cell.”

The facility is designed with energy efficiency and safety in mind, meeting both IEC (BSEN) and ENA compliance standards. The types of tests conducted include winding resistance, core and frame insulation, and various others like temperature rise and sound level tests, ensuring comprehensive quality checks before transformers are dispatched to customers.

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