Transformers given ‘eco-paint’ treatment
Power distributor Northern Powergrid will use an innovative ‘eco-paint’ to reduce the environmental impact of its electricity generation assets such as transformers and pylons.
Currently, these assets are covered with alkyd paints – traditional, solvent-based paints which emit more than half their liquid-weight as harmful volatile gases.
The new eco-paint, called Greenovoc and distributed by north-eastern firm Rosh Engineering, is water-based and emits no harmful gases. The paint also dries quicker and at lower temperatures, meaning assets will have to be taken offline for less time during maintenance.
Geoff Earl, Northern Powergrid's director of safety, health and environment, said to BusinessGreen, “Enabling the switch to renewable energy and decarbonising transport are two significant ways we are going green, but this project demonstrates our commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions in every way possible.”