Minimizing Power Outages and Protecting Wildlife

Over 25% of all power outages are caused by wildlife and vegetation interfering with electrical equipment. Most wildlife and vegetation induced outages can be prevented by installing TE insulating solutions.

Network reliability & preventable outages

Possums, birds, rats, snakes and even squirrels are all capable of causing power outages. Animals climb around substations; birds perch on transformers; they are seeking a safe, warm place to shelter and nest. Even small birds or rodents can cause problems by attracting larger predators.

The interaction between wildlife and electrical equipment can have multiple outcomes from electrocution, to faults, to wildfires. These occur when wildlife cause a phase to phase or phase to ground fault with their body. Our product solutions can reduce fire risk related to wildlife and vegetation clashing with your substation or overhead lines.

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ANYWHERE DURABILITY

Our proprietary material formulations offer anywhere durability – even in HV-polluted environments. Made from non-tracking material, TE's Raychem Wildlife and Asset Protection portfolio is optimized to ensure tracking resistance, thermal endurance, and UV resistance for high performance protection of your assets throughout their service lifetime. This "install and forget" reliability is the result of 60+ years of dedication to research, development and materials science. Our Wildlife and Asset Protection experts are ready to support you with a broad range of reliable insulation solutions - customizable to your application.

IN THE NEWS

PROTECTING THE POWER GRID
TE Connectivity's plant in Fuquay-Varina is turning out products used worldwide to protect the power grid from animals, and animals from those high voltage areas.

FEAR THE SQUIRREL
How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages?

SUBSTATION PROTECTION: MINIMIZING SQUIRREL OUTAGES
The city of Gastonia in North Carolina installed TE Wildlife protection products in its substations to keep the power on and reduce squirrel electrical contact.

T&D WORLD WILDFIRE RISK MITIGATION LEADERSHIP FORUM - PROUD SPONSPOR
Portland Oregon, December 7 – 9, 2020
With lives at stake, the consequences of incomplete wildfire planning and management impact so much more than just the existence of the utility. This forum will help participants advance the maturity of their wildfire programs and initiatives through:
• Inviting peer-to-peer dialogue
• Providing engagement opportunities with a wide range of stakeholders
• Showcasing of holistic planning and strategies with proven success

Substation Protection

SUBSTATION OUTAGE REDUCTION

Reliability improvement is possible by insulating vulnerable assets in substations.
Customizable TE solutions are used around the world to effectively insulate thousands of substations every year from risk of outage caused by wildlife, vegetation, extreme weather events and accidental contact as well as reduce fire risk associated with animal electrocution. We engineer solutions to enhance insulation clearances and exclude wildlife from high risk areas. Our products are easy to install and designed/manufactured to last the lifetime of your assets in the toughest environments.

Substation Protection

OVERHEAD AND WILDLIFE PROTECTION

Reduce outages and fire risk in overhead lines while protecting endangered wildlife.
Outage and fire risks can be reduced and eliminated with effective insulation of high risk elements of the overhead line. TE has insulated millions of miles and kilometers of bare conductor in distribution lines around the world. Our raptor covers, fuse cut out covers, re-closer and distribution covers protect pole mounted equipment from accidental and momentary contact from nesting and perching birds and storm debris. Most can be installed on energized equipment and are available in seamless one-piece designs for complete wildlife and vegetation management.

Substation Protection

Switchgear Protection

How to reduce clearances while working in tight spaces, or upgrade insulation levels?
TE’s insulating portfolio is used in air and gas insulated switchgear to provide insulation on busbars and gas vacuum bottles in order to help our customers design more compact and reliable equipment. Our solutions can enhance insulation factors of safety, combining air space clearance while the materials used in our insulating covers are engineered to be compact and mitigate risk of fires in accordance with IEC 60616.

Protecting Rail, Data centers, OP&G, Solar and Wind Farms

Reliability Enhancement in Industrial Applications?
Every minute of downtime impacts commercial performance in certain industrial applications like data-centers, solar/wind parks, rail and oil and gas networks. TE understands that downtime can be detrimental to TE's customers, including hospitals, schools and security operators/institutions/organizations. Our solutions in insulation enhancement and asset protection offer our partners the opportunity to minimize risk in relation to wildlife, storm and weather interference and improve SAIDI and SAIFI metrics reported to regulators.