Energy engineering solutions provider BRUSH Group has opened a multi-million-pound transformer test cell facility at its transformer manufacturing facility in Loughborough, UK.

The facility, considered to be ‘world class’ is housed in a huge former workshop at the firm’s iconic Falcon Works, will test run newly built power transformers before they are shipped to customers. The test cell features a high-voltage acoustic test area with 12 metre high doors. It has the capability to conduct a comprehensive range of tests on the company’s transformers and offer what it believes is the most comprehensive suite of routine and type tests for transformers up to 170kV, for new builds and retrofit units. The purpose-built, high-capacity space is IEC (BSEN) and ENA compliant.

The range of tests offered includes winding resistance, CT tests, core and frame insulation, capacitance and insulation power factor, short-circuit impedance, load loss/no-load loss, applied voltage, NVD bushing capacitance, impulse test, temperature rise test, hot spot measurement, SFRA, RSO, tank vibrations and sound levels.

The facility will allow the company to significantly increase its production capacity to meet the UK’s growing demand for power transformers as the country gears up for decarbonisation.

Nicolas Pitrat, CEO of Brush Group said: “We’re seeing rapidly increasing demand for power transformers from all segments of our customer base in the UK, from power networks operators and renewable energy producers to public infrastructure providers and commercial developers.”