3M™ Novec™ Insulating Gas – Sustainable SF₆ alternative

EU report on SF6 alternatives and potential SF6 phase out

The EU Commission (DG CLIMA ) has issued a new report on Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6) alternatives and potential SF6 phase out scenarios related to the so-called F-gas regulation (EU Regulation 517/2014). Usage of SF6 has been banned already in multiple applications with electrical equipment being excluded from these restrictions up to now. The EU report is assessing the availability of SF6 alternatives and is giving an evaluation for a potential SF6 phase out.


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3M™ Novec™ Insulating Gas – a sustainable alternative to SF6

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3M Novec Insulating Gases – smart, safe, sustainable

Novec Insulating Gases are the ideal SF6 alternative as they combine excellent dielectric performance and safety with exceptional environmental properties. Used as part of a gas mixture, Novec Insulating Gases reduce the greenhouse gas potential by more than 99% in on-grid commercial equipment.

Our partners are using Novec Insulating Gases as part of their SF6 free products in multiple medium- and high-voltage applications going back to first installations in 2015:

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    GE’s g³™ using 3M™ Novec™ 4710 Insulating Gas

    g3, (pronounced "g" cubed) is GE's game-changing alternative to SF6 gas, developed for HV electrical transmission equipment and is using 3M Novec 4710.

    g3 products feature the same ratings and same dimensional footprint as the state-of-the-art SF6 ones, with a drastically reduced environmental impact.

    Visit the GE g³ web page

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    AirPlus™ using 3M™ Novec™ 5110 Insulating Gas

    AirPlus™, using 3M Novec 5110 as an eco-efficient SF6 alternative, has been developed by ABB.

    Today, AirPlus™ has been used in Medium Voltage by ABB AG in MV Primary GIS up to 40.5kV and in MV Secondary GIS and AIS up to 24kV.

    Hitachi-ABB Power Grids is using AirPlus™ in High Voltage GIS for 145kV as well as for a 380kV substation upgrade to be completed in 2026.

    Visit the ABB AirPlus web page
    Read the EWZ Case Study
    Read the TransnetBW Case Study


Installations using 3M Novec Insulating Gas

In total, more than 25 installations are already running or are currently being installed in Europe by multiple leading Transmission and Distribution System Operators (TSO’s and DSO’s) which make Novec Insulating Gases a well proven SF6 alternative.


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An SF₆ alternative designed to reduce greenhouse gas impact by more than 99%

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