Strategies for Development and Diffusion of Energy Efficient Distribution Transformers

  • Project no.3226
  • Duration 10/2005 - 06/2008

The aim of this study within the Intelligent Energy Europe programme is to promote the use of energy-efficient distribution transformers in Europe.
The Wuppertal Institute is one of nine partners from science, energy agencies, manufacturers and utilities in a consortium led by the National Technical University of Athens. The Wuppertal Institute's work in this project will probably be co-financed by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The European potential of annual electricity savings in distribution transformers, evaluated from previous EU cofunded studies, is around 22 TWh for utilities (and nine Mt CO2 savings per year) and five TWh in industry and tertiary. This is equivalent to the output of three of the largest coal fired electricity plants, or the consumption of 5.1 million homes.
The aim of the SEEDT project is to propose and apply strategies to reach the potential for reducing energy losses from distribution transformers (DT), by:

  • Setting up a labeling scheme, a mandatory standard or a voluntary agreement,
  • Increasing awareness of involved parties namely, transformer manufacturers, electricity utilities, industrial and large building users etc.,
  • Developing different dissemination mechanisms to address energy efficiency in transformers to the manufacturers and different distribution transformer users like utilities, industries, tertiary building managers, energy managers.