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Seeing clear to energy savings

26 January 2009

A supplier of innovative energy efficiency products is using Hylec-APL’s range of waterproof Teetube connectors in its flagship product, a state of the art wind powered generator. The Teetube provides IP68 protection which allows it to be fitted externally and survive in harsh conditions, a necessity for applications such as wind generators.

Seeing clear to energy savings
Seeing clear to energy savings

Supplied with an installation kit the Teetube is designed for hassle free maintenance, a see through option is also available allowing for connections to be examined without compromising protection.

The company the Teetubes have been supplied to provides households and small businesses with energy products including solar panels, central heating systems and wind powered generators. It’s flagship wind generator differs from conventional wind generator designs as the wind blows parallel to the rotor hub taking advantage of the Venturi effect to power wind through the rotors as opposed to classic, sphere shaped Darrieus turbines which operate adjacent to the wind.

Due to its design it is capable of generating energy from lower wind speeds, 2m/s is enough to create electricity, and can create up to 500kWh. The wind generator is ideally suited for installation using a free standing mast though it can also be roof mounted. Due to the nature of the product it will often be subjected to harsh environments, it is essential that the components used are fully weatherproof to protect against any eventuality.

Finding connectors with an ingress protection that ensures reliability outdoors is tricky, often they require lengthy set up times or extra protection. The Teetube, provided by Hylec-APL, is IP68 meaning that it can be fitted externally with no problems. Also it is supplied with an installation kit which includes a rawlplug, screw and spring chip to enable easy and quick fitting.

Terry Spriggs of Hylec-APL commented: “The Teetube connectors provide a weatherproof external connection which is quick and easy to install. In the unlikely event of a problem the transparent option means it is possible to inspect the connection without dismantling the tube and compromising its protection.”

Teetubes are available with two and three way cable entry options and provide up to 6 pole connections. They are available in a variety of sizes including the Mini-Teetube meaning that many cable types are accommodated for with a maximum diameter of 17mm. High integrity TPE-V seals ensures the connectors reliability and both transparent and non-transparent options have a tough polycarbonate body.

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