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Winder Power launches Ecotran Transformer Range

Winder Power launches Ecotran Transformer Range, designed to provide customers with cost savings of over £100,000 and comply with incoming EU energy regulation. 


Winder Power, the leading UK manufacturer of power and distribution transformers, officially launched its new range of Ecotran transformers at the Sustainability Live Exhibition & Conference in the NEC, Birmingham. This state-of-the-art range has the potential to save customers over £100,000 during the average lifespan of each transformer and complies fully with incoming EU Ecodesign regulation targeting a reduction in transformer energy losses.

The new range has been designed with savings and energy efficiency at the forefront – through loss savings alone, a typical 1600kVA Winder Power Ecotran transformer would achieve £103,000.00 worth of energy savings during its 25-year lifespan. Savings will also be gained from the reduction in CO2 emissions and from the enhanced tapping functionality which allows a reduced supply voltage at source; this can also reduce the energy use of the transformer by approximately 9%, leading to further savings.

Speaking about the launch, Mark Simblett, Commercial Director at Winder Power Ltd, said: “We are thrilled to launch our new range of Ecotran distribution transformers at Sustainability Live. This range is the result of the expertise and experience of our engineers as well as a £400,000 investment in our design, winding and test departments. As Winder Power has a rich heritage in producing efficient and effective transformers, we welcome the regulation, which will enforce these standards across the industry.

“It will come as no surprise to customers who know our business that many of our transformers have already been in compliance with the regulation since 2003.”

The Ecodesign regulation, Commission Regulation (EU) No 548/2014, implements Directive 2009/125/EC, an initiative targeting a 20% improvement in the EU’s energy efficiency. This Directive has been applied to a number of consumer products already, such as light bulbs, vacuum cleaners and refrigerators, and is now also being applied to medium and large power transformers.

The regulation will have a two-tier implementation, with the first tier commencing on 1 July 2015, and tier 2 coming into effect in July 2021 and presents a further 10% loss reduction target against tier 1. To comply with tier 1, medium power transformers from 1kVA up to 3150kVA will have to meet maximum losses with transformers above that level complying to a peak efficiency index percentage.

Adding to his comments, Mark Simblett said: “Our attention is now turning to tier 2 of the regulation, coming into effect in 2021 with a further 10% energy savings being targeted. We are already offering power transformers above 3MVA that meet and even exceed tier 2 standards, and design work is currently being undertaken to upgrade our range of distribution transformers.”

– Energy Manager Magazine