Volta Labs

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38 TEC - 37 Quai Paul Louis Merlin
Grenoble, 38050
France

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Overview

Key Contact Personnel:
Patrick Gautier,
Director of Volta Labs patrick.gautier@schneider-electric.com
Edouard Fernandez,
Lab Expert of Volta Labs edouard.fernandez@schneider-electric.com
Year Founded: HV Lab: 1935
Total Number of Employees: 60
Major Markets Served (2017): United Kingdom, France, Germany, UAE, Middle East, Far East.

High Voltage Laboratory:

Number of Employees in High Voltage Laboratory: 2
Dimensions of Main Test Hall: 7 m length x 19 m width x 5 m height
Dielectric Testing Facilities:    

Max. Volt./Current Remarks/Standard
Impulse Testing:
Lightning Impulse 800 kV 62271-1
Switching Impulse (Dry) 600 kV
A.C. Testing: Dry 300 kV (2x 150 kV)
D.C. Testing: Dry 160 kV
Partial Discharge & RIV Testing: 100 kV, RIV none
Capacitance & Tan ∂ Testing: 200 kV

Pollution Testing: Cold & ice tests (100 kV single-phase, 36 kV 3-phase, -65°C to +85°C, 230 m3, 62271-1)


High Power Laboratory:

Number of Employees in High Power Laboratories: 17
Kind of Power Source for the HP Laboratory: Short-circuit generators (3) and transformers (9)
Specifications of Main Test Bay: 
Possible Power Frequency: 50 Hz
Max. MVA: 3150 MVA 3-phases Max. kV: 110 kV Max. kA & Duration: 300 kA, 0.15 sec.; 173 kA, 3 sec.
Synthetic Installation: Total main capacitor 4.5 μF, max. charging voltage 300 kV
Max. kV in Test Bay from Synthetic Installation: 350 kVpk Making Device for high voltage making operations at 170 kV / 50 kA
Electrical Tests: 
Low Voltage Tests: 2200 V AC / 250 kA (1 or 3-phase), 150 kA DC / 1100 V
Medium Voltage Tests: Up to 100 kV and up to 80 kA (3-phase)
High Current Test Facilities & Capabilities: LV Electrical Endurance platforms (10 kA / 1100 V)


Other Test Capabilities:

Environmental Tests: Climatic test chambers (up to 230 m3,up to -65°C to +85°C)
Temperature Rise Tests: Generators up to 15 kA (1-phase), 8300 A (3-phase) or 15 kA (1-phase) – DC/50 Hz/60 Hz + Harmonics capability (2 kHz max).
Acoustic Measurements: Acoustic chamber (4m x 6m x 4m), 17 dBA background noise
Other Tests Performed on Insulators, Arresters, Bushings, Cable Terminations: Type-tests for varistors up to 100 kV / 60 kA (8/20 μs)