International researcher to speak at upcoming electrical test workshop

Internationally renowned engineer and researcher, Dr Andrew Eriksson, will deliver the opening keynote address at SABS’ upcoming electrical test workshop.

Dr Eriksson is the former director of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Electrical Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and was involved in the establishment of the high-voltage test facilities at the South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) National Electrical Test Facility (NETFA) in the 1980s. Dr Eriksson is now based in Switzerland.

The aim of the workshop is to establish a platform for collaboration between SABS and the electro-technical sector with specific focus on building capacity for testing to meet the needs of the electro-technical industry.

The workshop will take place at St George Hotel and Conference Centre, Plot 58 Doornkloof, Goede Hoop Avenue, Pretoria on 30 August 2018.

Admission is free but is limited to the first 150 delegates to register. The event will include a tour of the NETFA facility.  Click here for more information and to register

NETFA is a third party, independent testing facility within SABS’ electro-technical cluster. This facility consists of three specialised groups of laboratories: Short Circuit, High Voltage, and Materials and Installations.

NETFA has the only generator-driven high-power test station in the Southern Hemisphere. The first 765 kV cross-rope transmission line tower was tested at NETFA.

The Short Circuit Laboratory is capable of testing short circuit and switching performance of a wide range of medium voltage power control and electrical distribution equipment. Among other features, the laboratory is equipped with two short circuit generators, with low impedances that can produce very high currents for short durations, at the high-power plant.

The High Voltage Laboratory is capable of performing a wide range of tests on electrical distribution, substation and transmission equipment. It is also used as a research facility, mainly for Eskom’s new development projects. This laboratory is situated at an altitude of 1540 m, one of only a few in the world to be located above 1500 m. It is therefore one of few which can offer the opportunity of testing at high altitude.

The Materials and Installations Laboratory is capable of testing various types of electrical materials and accessories such as cables, conductors, phasing sticks, joints and terminations, portable earthing gear, plugs, switches, connectors, adaptors, etc. A full spectrum of tests can be conducted in this laboratory to ensure quality, safety and performance in accordance with international and national specifications.

The facility also has a distribution technology business unit which performs many functions which are often required by the electro-technical industry.

Click here for more information and to register

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