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Gas-insulated switchgear

from 72.5 to 550 kV

Excellent systems that create lasting value
Siemens 8DN8 switchgear for up Siemens 8DN9 GIS for 245 kV combines the
to 170 kV is characterized by modular advantages of single-phase and three-phase Outstandingly compact, Siemens 8DQ1 GIS handles
design and excellent flexibility. encapsulation. 420 kV at 63 kA with a single interrupter unit.

Long-standing excellence
that delivers results
The energy system is undergoing funda- Today, Siemens has installed more than
mental change for various reasons. The 28,000 indoor and outdoor switch bays
situation calls for efficient and reliable worldwide, and well over 300,000 bay-
solutions that help save costs and at the years of operation have been recorded.
same time tackle the new challenges
Siemens supplies GIS for rated voltages
that the process of change poses.
from 72.5 kV up to 550 kV. The compre-
Siemens has long anticipated these hensive product range, comprising
changes. As early as 1968 the company the 8DN8, 8DN9, and 8DQ1 types of
introduced a solution that helps deal switchgear, holds ideal solutions for
with the increasing shortage of space all indoor and outdoor switching appli­
in urban areas and the need for power cations up to the highest performance
transmission at higher voltage levels rates. All Siemens GIS meet the highest
right into city centers: gas-insulated requirements in terms of efficiency,
switchgear (GIS). safety, and reliability. They have been
designed for outstanding compactness
The GIS concept soon turned out highly
and flexibility to meet today’s challeng-­
successful, and immediately set new
ing demands.
­standards in terms of performance and
reliability. Ever since, Siemens GIS have
played a central role in supplying power
safely, worldwide.

Siemens 8DQ1 switchgear for up to 550 kV provides superior performance for demanding transmission applications.

An economical solution throughout enclosures, it saves weight, reducing

Siemens GIS have been designed with load on foundations and building floors, Your benefits:
economic efficiency in mind. This pays and, consequently, associated invest-
off during the entire life cycle of the ment costs. • Proven switchgear solution from
switchgear and ensures a number of one of the world’s leading
During operation, Siemens GIS are
benefits. suppliers with outstanding
­practically maintenance-free. They are
All switchgear arrangements can be built for an estimated service life of
assem­bled from a relatively small number more than 50 years. No wonder, then, • Outstanding flexibility in
of well-conceived high-quality modules. that the world’s first Siemens GIS bays, ­switchgear arrangement
This makes it possible to meet all individ- which were installed in Berlin in 1968,
• Little space requirement
ual requirements while ensuring user- are still in operation. All new Siemens
friendliness and easy operation. GIS types come with non-corrosive • Easy, efficient, and reliable
en­closures and self-lubricating motor operation
Moreover, Siemens GIS are outstandingly
drives that ensure a long service life.
compact. Take the 8DN8 switchgear for • Low life cycle costs
The main contacts of circuit breakers,
voltages up to 145 kV, for example: It is
­disconnectors, and grounding switches • Virtually maintenance-free
one of the world’s most compact GIS and
are designed for long service life with ­operation for an expected
­features a bay width of only 0.8 meters
minimal maintenance. The first major life-time of more than 50 years.
and a control cubicle that is integrated
inspection is recommended to take
in the bay. The com­pact bay design
place after 25 years.
­lowers more than space requirements:
Along with the switchgears’ aluminum

Siemens high-voltage switchgear systems perform A common design principle of all Siemens GIS is Siemens GIS are ideally suited
reliably in extreme environmental conditions. that compactness must not compromise accessibility. for use in urban areas.

Proven reliability
that ensures maximum safety
Every switchgear in the Siemens 8D type leakage to less than 0.1 percent per gas
range has been thoroughly optimized compartment per year. Siemens has Your benefits:
for easy operation, accessibility, safety, developed outstanding expertise in the
and dependability. This ensures that handling of SF6 gas and can ensure that • Proven functional principle
­Siemens GIS can always be operated no gas is released during production,
• Outstanding EMC and environ-
­efficiently and reliably. The functional maintenance, and recycling. Moreover,
mental performance
principle of the switchgear has been the development of increasingly compact
­carefully designed and tested, and it has switchgear entails a constant reduction • Seamless metallic enclosure
stood the test of time during decades of the required amount of gas.
• Unparalleled gastightness
of field operation.
Operational safety
• High degree of operational
Environmental performance Siemens GIS exceed the relevant IEC
The external and internal electromag- safety standards thanks to extraordinarily
netic compatibility of Siemens switchgear high mechanical stability, high resistance • Safety for operating personnel
prevents interference voltages and over­ to arcing, and outstanding gas safety due to high safety standards of
volt­ages. The gastightness of Siemens ­features. This means that Siemens GIS the switchgear.
GIS with its seamless metallic enclosures ensure the highest possible degree of
exceeds the already stringent standards personal safety and can even be installed
and has been verified by vigorous type- in commercial and residential buildings.
testing: the sealing system limits gas

Feasibility studies
Financing support Overall project
and consulting management

After-sales services Engineering

and recycling and design

Site facilities
and civil works

On-site installation
and commissioning Production

Transport Procurement
Factory testing

Support and services

that make a difference
At Siemens, we consider close coopera- throughout the entire life cycle of our
Your benefits: tion with our customers right from the switchgear all the way to d
­ isposal and
beginning essential to the success of recycling of old switchgear.
• Leading expertise always any project. This is why we ensure that
We also assume responsibility for the
available on-site on short our experts are always close at hand,
entire project on a turnkey basis. In this
notice from the initial idea to project implemen-
case, all our customers have to do is to
tation and all the way to com­pre­hensive
• Turnkey project implemen­ turn the key once the switchgear has
life cycle services for all our switchgear
tation been commissioned.
• Comprehensive range of Our broad range of services also com-
We have established a global p ­ roduction,
­after-sales services prises all maintenance activities. Our
distribution, and experts ­network with
gas-insulated switchgear does indeed
nodes in 150 countries around the world
require very little mainte­nance, but if
and more than ten ­dedicated centers of
and when it should become necessary
competence worldwide. This tight net-
to carry out any work, we are on hand
work makes it possible to meet all local
at all times.
requirements and to react on short notice
whenever necessary. ­Moreover, our And, of course, we provide customized
global production platform guarantees training for operating per­sonnel to famil-
consistent worldwide standards. iarize them with the ins and outs of our
switchgear and make them com­petent in
Support that pays off
its use.
Our services provide value added through
constant project-related support and
con­sulting right from the start – and

Siemens offers support and services far beyond GIS engineering, production, and construction.
­Complete turnkey solutions, services that cover the entire life cycle of a switchgear system, and
­dedicated training round out the Siemens high-voltage substation portfolio.

Most Siemens switchgear can be shipped as completely assembled bays.

Portable power solutions reduce on-site effort. Trouble-free transportation of preassembled On-site installation of preassembled
switchgear bays – even on mountain tops. transport units.

Transport optimization
that makes installation a breeze
All Siemens GIS types are optimized for allows easy and rapid installation of the
transport and on-site installation. Thanks switchgear with relatively few special Your benefits:
to their outstanding compactness, even tools. After assembly, the entire switch-
larger units for high voltage levels are gear is tested to ensure proper electrical • Trouble-free, rapid transport
still easy to handle. Most switchgear can and mechanical function. All tests are and logistics
be shipped as completely assembled and performed in conformity with IEC and all
• Little installation effort and fast
tested bays pre-filled with SF6 gas. other relevant standards, and the results
are documented in the final test reports.
8DN8 types are even shipped in standard
• Mobile switchgear solutions for
containers. Up to six single or three Switchgear on wheels
special purposes available
double switchgear bays, completely Offering the highest possible degree
assembled and tested, come as a single of mobility and flexibility with mobile
transport unit. All goods are packed high-voltage switchgear mounted on
according to their specific transport trailers or within containers, Siemens’
conditions and in line with conditions “portable power solutions” are a proven
and duration of temporary storage. one-stop option whenever it comes to
providing switchgear in next to no time
Installation and commissioning
and for temporary purposes, as is the
The well-thought-out transport optimi­
case in disaster areas, for instance.
zation significantly reduces the effort
required for installation on-site and

Siemens control and protection devices A local control cubicle integrated in the GIS bay reduces
fully comply with IEC 61850. space requirements and commissioning time.

Secondary equipment
that protects valuable technology
Continually growing demands on ing ­system. Additional sensors and inter-
­sub­station automation entail greater faces for a wide range of diagnostic and
­complexity and more interfaces. So condition monitoring systems and pur-
high availability and smooth interaction poses are available on request.
of all com­ponents are among system
Control and feeder protection are usually
operators’ key requirements. Siemens’
installed in a local control cubicle. With
comprehensive choice of control and
Siemens GIS it may be directly integrated
­protection s­ ystems enables perfect
in the operating panel of the switchgear
one stop shop secondary technology
bay or located separate from the GIS.
­concepts for high-voltage substations
Coded plugs for all wiring ensure easy
equipped with ­Siemens GIS. Only tried
installation and prevent cabling errors.
and tested Siemens technology is used
Integration of the control cubicle in the
for the auxiliary and control circuits.
switchgear bay helps reduce space
High degree of adaptability requirements and commissioning time.
The wide range of available Siemens
IEC 61850 compliance
­control and protection systems makes
All Siemens GIS control and protection
possible customized one-stop solutions.
devices fully comply with the IEC 61850
To meet individual requirements, all
standard, which has been defined in a
­Siemens GIS can also be equipped with
mutual effort of customers and manu­
any other commonly available bay and
facturers to create a uniform, non-pro­
substation control and protection system
prietary, and future-proof basis for digital
as well as with proprietary systems.
substation automation and control com-
Standard switchgear control interfaces
enable the connection to any analog or
digital control, protection, and monitor-

“Power VT” for 8DN8-type GIS and “core in air” Phase synchronizing (PSD) and partial discharge
­current transformer for 8DQ1-type GIS f­ acilitate measuring (PD) help increase the reliability of The SIVIS camera system allows
on-site testing. the GIS. optical control of the switching path.

Comprehensive monitoring options Controlled switching for less wear

Siemens supplies a wide range of moni- The Siemens phase synchronizing Your benefits:
toring devices that provide important device (PSD) minimizes electrodynamic
condition data and enable preventive and dielectric strain of high-voltage • Reliable one-stop solutions
maintenance. This range includes circuit assets by reducing starting current and for all secondary technology
breaker monitoring (CBM), instantane­- over­voltage. This helps prevent wear
• Customized solutions available
ous values of primary and secondary and increa­ses the reliability and the life
equipment, cumulative and integral of the switchgear. • Safe operation and extended
­monitoring of working stress, and deter- service life of the switchgear
Innovative instrument transformer
mination of c­ ircuit breaker properties
New instrument transformers, such as • Full compliance with IEC 61850
that may influence its future reliability
the “core in air” current transformer for
and operating behavior. • Smart solutions for facilitated
8DQ1 switchgear, the RC voltage dividers
on-site testing procedures
All gas compartments are constantly for all 8D-type GIS, and the new Power
monitored by gas density monitors VT for on-site high-voltage testing of
(GDM) with integrated indicators. Any 8DN8-type GIS up to 145 kV, enable
deviations are indicated as soon as they ­several applications that provide extra
reach the defined response threshold. benefits. The Power VT, for example,
Optionally available density sensors helps minimize the risk of SF6 emissions*
enable remote indication for gas analysis and con­siderably reduces transport
trends. requirements for testing equipment.
A partial discharge monitoring (PDM) Several additional optional systems like
­system according to IEC 60270 can be SIVIS provide even more information
provided for integrity assessment of the about the processes within the
substation’s primary insulation and as a switch­­­gear. * Global Warming Potential: 22.800
tool for in-­service periodic (portable sys- according to EU f-gas regulation
tem) or continuous (online) monitoring. 517/2014

Global expertise in switchgear
making to the highest standards
The Siemens Schaltwerk in Berlin, been certified in accordance with
­Germany, was home to the production ISO 9001, and switchgear module
of the first Siemens GIS back in 1968, ­assembly follows identical work steps
and gas-insulated high-voltage switch- at all production sites. Most parts of
gear have been produced there ever the switchgear, such as electronic
since. Today, however, Siemens GIS pro- devices, operating mechanisms,
duction facilities are located in several gaskets, and bushings are produced
countries around the world to ensure right at the p
­ roduction site, and
short distances in serving the world’s var- all switchgear are assembled according
ious m­ arkets and to contribute to the to meticulously designed processes.
­creation of local value added.
Comprehensive education and training
In order to meet all quality, reliability, of all production staff at all production
and performance standards, all produc- facilities ensures consistently high
tion sites have the same comprehensive quality and continuous innovation.
quality management system, which has

Technical data
at a glance
Switchgear type 8DN8
Rated voltage kV up to 145
Rated frequency Hz 50/60
Rated power frequency withstand voltage (1 min) kV up to 275
Rated lightning impulse withstand voltage (1.2 / 50 µs) kV up to 650
Rated switching impulse withstand voltage (250 / 2,500 µs) kV up to –
Rated normal current busbar A up to 3,150
Rated normal current feeder A up to 3,150
Rated short-circuit-breaking current kA up to 40
(< 3 cycles)
Rated peak withstand current kA up to 108
Rated short-time withstand current (3 s) kA up to 40
Leakage rate per year and gas compartment % < 0.1
Driving mechanism of circuit breaker stored-energy
(common or single
Rated operating sequence O-0,3 s-CO-3 m
CO-15 s-C
Installation indoor/outd
Standards IEC/IEEE/GO
Bay width mm 800
First major inspection years > 25
Expected lifetime years > 50
Other values on request

8DN9 8DQ1
170 245 420 420 550
50/60 50/60
325 460 650 650 740
750 1,050 1,425 1,425 1,550
– – 1,050 1,050 1,175
4,000 4,000 6,300 6,300 5,000
4,000 4,000 5,000 5,000 5,000
63 50 63 80 63
(< 3 cycles) (< 3 cycles) (< 2 cycles) (< 2 cycles) (< 2 cycles)
170 135 170 216 170
63 50 63 80 63
< 0.1 < 0.1
y spring stored-energy spring stored-energy spring
e pole drive) (single pole drive) (single pole drive)
min-CO O-0,3 s-CO-3 min-CO O-0,3 s-CO-3 min-CO
CO CO-15 s-CO CO-15 s-CO
door indoor indoor/outdoor indoor/outdoor indoor/outdoor
1,000 1,500 2,200 3,600 3,600
> 25 > 25
> 50 > 50

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