New Scada-Mate SD Switching System Designed to Improve Reliability while Reducing Greenhouse Gases on Distribution Grid

Press Release Summary:

  • Available in 14.4-kV and 25-kV models for 60-Hz and in 10-kV and 20-kV models for 50-Hz applications
  • Vacuum interrupters extinguishs electrical arcs, replacing SF6 gas interrupters used in predecessors of the product line
  • Non-SF6, environmentally friendly solution designed for medium-voltage distribution systems

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S&C Electric Company Launches Eco-friendly Scada-Mate® SD Switching System Designed for Overhead Power Distribution

New solid-dielectric technology helps industry move away from greenhouse gas equipment

Chicago, April 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader improving power reliability and delivery worldwide, has announced the launch of the Scada-Mate® SD Switching System, a non-SF6, environmentally friendly solution designed to improve reliability while reducing greenhouse gases on the distribution grid. This switching system uses vacuum interrupters to extinguish electrical arcs, replacing the SF6 gas interrupters used in the predecessors of the product line. This frees the Scada-Mate SD Switching System from falling under the increasing regulations that govern use of products containing SF6—making it better for the environment and easier for utilities to integrate onto their systems.

SF6 gas has been used in medium- and high-voltage electrical equipment for decades but is heavily regulated because of its potency as a greenhouse gas. Utilities that use equipment with SF6on their systems are required to establish procedures for gas inventory, accounting, tracking, training, and recycling—all of which strain tight operations budgets for utilities. 

"S&C has anticipated the need to find alternatives to gas-insulated equipment while making it easy for utilities to upgrade equipment on their system. We've made sustainability a part of our innovation processes at S&C and have transformed another of our product lines into a solution that meets the needs of both the grid and the environment," stated Tim Qualheim, S&C's Chief Product Development Officer. "The Scada-Mate SD Switching System proves how emission-reduction initiatives can ultimately lead to creating a more sustainable, equally cost-effective solution for our customers."

The Scada-Mate SD Switching System is designed for medium-voltage distribution systems and has the same functions and features as its predecessors. It is available in 14.4-kV and 25-kV models for 60-Hz applications and in 10-kV and 20-kV models for 50-Hz applications. For additional information on the Scada-Mate SD Switching System, including product ratings and specifications, please visit

About S&C Electric Company 

S&C, with global headquarters in Chicago, USA, is applying its heritage of innovation to address challenges facing the world's power grids and is thus shaping the future of reliable electricity delivery. The mission of employee-owned S&C is to continually develop new solutions for electricity delivery, fostering the improved efficiency and reliability required for the intelligent grid. Additional information about S&C is available at

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