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Dow Wire & Cable Participates in U.K. Sustainable Power Cables Project


Horgen, Switzerland.- Dow Wire & Cable, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company and its affiliates (“Dow”), announced today that it has joined a multi-disciplinary project in the United Kingdom focused on the development of sustainable power cable material technologies. Through this project, Dow Wire & Cable aims to identify the next generation of plastic cable materials for the power generation industry, capable of delivering improved whole-life performance with a reduced environmental impact. Participation in this exciting project is an example of Dow’s commitment to meet its 2015 Sustainability Goals, which include aggressive targets for improvements in the company’s product stewardship.

The sustainable power cable materials project is sponsored by the Technology Strategy Board, an executive non-departmental public body established by the British government in 2007 to stimulate technology-enabled innovation. It will bring Dow’s power cable material experts together with a multi-disciplinary team drawn from three other project partners: National Grid plc, the owner and operator of the high-voltage electricity transmission network across England and Wales ; the University of Southampton; and GnoSys UK, a science and technology company established from the Polymer Research Centre at the University of Surrey.

The project is initiated at a time when there is a move in the UK and across Europe to place more of the electric power network underground, particularly in areas of outstanding beauty and in major cities. It will seek to provide an answer to the question of whether such cables can ever be considered to be environmentally-friendly, with a low carbon footprint. In addition, with the growing emphasis on ensuring the long-term security and reliability of power supply, and the need to improve the amount of power that can be transported around the country, the project will consider whether it is compatible to meet such needs while using a cable that may be recycled at the end of its life. During the course of the project the participants aim to develop new power cable materials and the tools to evaluate all the complex and often competing factors which go into a full life-cycle assessment.

“For over sixty years, Dow Wire & Cable has set the global standard in material science advances for power cables, and many of these advances have been achieved through working closely with end-users of our products,” said Simon Sutton, end-use marketing manager for Dow Wire & Cable in Europe. “We are very excited about the potential of this particular project, given our opportunity to work with National Grid, together with specialists from the University of Southampton and GnoSys. Furthering our understanding of the factors which impact the lifetime carbon footprint of a power cable will help enable us to identity new opportunities to reduce that impact.”


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