Power Distribution

Cost-effective XLPE insulation for medium- and low-voltage cables

Power distribution networks deliver electricity from high-voltage transmission networks to homes and business. To meet the needs of a growing and increasingly urbanized population, as well as to support the electrification required for the energy transition, these networks need to be continually expanded and upgraded. In particular, the widespread adoption of hybrid and fully electric vehicles demands a rapid development of existing infrastructure to power charging stations.

Medium-voltage (MV) cables are integral to these networks, bridging the gap between substations and residential or commercial areas. We offer a range of cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) insulation for MV cables. Backed by our proprietary Borlink™ technology, these materials enable faster and more efficient processing, supporting you to meet strong market demand in a cost-efficient way.

Low-voltage (LV) cables, which facilitate the delivery of electricity directly to end users, are also vital to these networks. We offer insulation for LV cables based on our proprietary Visico™/Ambicat™ ambient moisture cure, silane cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) technology. This state-of-the-art solution delivers enhanced processability and consistently high quality, for cost-effective cable insulation that meets the highest performance standards.

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Benefits of Our Polyolefin Materials

  • Increased production for MV cables: Borlink technology enable faster manufacturing and extended production runs without compromising performance.
  • Enhanced performance for LV cables: Visico/Ambicat XLPE insulation supports increased capacity, reduces electricity losses and provides better protection from corrosion in wet conditions.*
  • Reduced environmental impact for LV cables: Lower temperatures during processing, as well as the use of a more environmentally friendly catalyst, reduces the environmental impact of these materials.

*Compared to traditional polyvinyl chloride-based insulation.

Are PP TPE Cables More Recyclable than XLPE? A Cable Recyclability Study

A fact-based study comparing market-sourced MV XLPE and PP TPE insulated cables.

  • XLPE insulation and HDPE jacket has the best fit for recyclability
  • Summary LCA2 for XLPE is 59% & PP-TPE is 100%, this shows how XLPE is more sustainable
  • XLPE cables are more sustainable than PP TPE

Find out more here or download the full study below.

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