Borealis recognised as an innovative leader in power cable solutions and as a reliable and future-ready partner
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the power cable materials industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Borealis AG with the 2017 European Product Leadership Award for its power cable solutions.
The European Commission has begun an initiative in which targeted countries are to interconnect at least 10% of domestically produced power to neighbors, gradually transforming Europe into a single energy market. This initiative is driving Europe’s need for high-capacity power transmission over longer distances; energy industry participants want transmission to be as efficient and effective as possible with a higher voltage level than currently commercialized. To achieve this, there is a need for innovative cables and extruded insulation and jacketing systems.
Although some countries such as Turkey still use multipolymer (PVC and PE) solutions in power cables, major parts of European distribution and transmission system operators have shown a clear preference for crosslinked low-density polyethylene-based materials (XLPE) for power cable insulation systems and polyethylene for jacketing. Cables using multi-polymer solutions such as XLPE insulation and PVC jacketing pose a recycling challenge that is best addressed through the use of monopolymer solutions (i.e., XLPE insulation and PE jacketing).
“Utility companies also tend to base their purchase decisions on the total cost of ownership, taking into account functionality and durability rather than just the cost of the cable system,” said Sayan Mukherjee, Frost & Sullivan senior research analyst. “Therefore, cable material manufacturers need to ensure that their products provide the optimal cost of ownership, which means developing cable systems focused on efficiency, effectiveness, and recyclability.”
Borealis AG is one of the most prominent and innovative companies in the power cable materials market. Its product portfolio is rich in PE-based polymers, including its proprietary Borlink™ technology, which meets the most demanding applications from utility companies for extra-high-voltage AC and long-distance DC transmission. In low-voltage distribution cables, Borealis’ proprietary Visico™/Ambicat™ technology is the industry-leading silane crosslinked PE solution, which offers high productivity in not only cable manufacturing but also the benefits to distribution system operators when replacing PVC.
The company’s proprietary Borstar® technology is a market-leading jacketing solution for power cables, offering low shrinkage and stress crack resistance. Installers