American wire and cable producer Southwire Company, LLC announced the development of a new aluminium wire product with enhanced features suited to down-tower wind turbine use.
The company’s new cable has three layers: 8000 Series Aluminum conductor per ASTM B800, Class C Compact strand per ASTM B801 or Single Input Wire stranding per ASTM B836, which is bound with Mylar tape, then wrapped with two-layer composite wall insulation consisting of an EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) inner layer and a CPE (Chlorinated Polyethylene) outer layer.
The benefits of using the new variety of wire include easier installation versus its competitors thanks to enhanced flexibility. In addition, as aluminium is less expensive than the copper typically used in such applications, such savings are translated into the final cost of the wire. It also features enhanced oil resistance and the ability to connect to electrical boxes without requiring an additional splice, thereby improving safety.
“The wind industry is expected to continue its robust growth as a top source of renewable energy generating capacity in the country,” said Southwire’s OEM sales manager Brad Pollard. “The addition of this new down tower cable expands our product line in a key area and demonstrates our commitment to ongoing innovation for our customers.”
Based in the U.S. state of Georgia, Southwire is among North America’s top wire and cable manufacturers. The firm produces building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, utility products, OEM wire products, and engineered products as well as tools and equipment related to wire and cable installation.