PowerCon is a Danish technology company with specialist expertise in electrical energy conversion, specialising in development and production of megawatt-class electrical converter systems. Historically, PowerCon comes from the Danish wind power industry, where the first tasks consisted of the production of test systems and varying development assignments for larger
Danish wind customers.
The wind power industry continues to be of great importance to PowerCon, most recently with exciting development projects for frequency converters used to test new offshore wind turbines. Since 2015, however, PowerCon has also participated in the development and own production of shore power solutions for the shipping industry. Shore power is the term used when ports supply green energy to ships so that they can turn off their engines.
The market for shore power solutions is developing rapidly, with a focus on the green transition, and PowerCon has been very successful in delivering both small and large facilities at home and abroad. In 2020, for example, PowerCon delivered Europe's two largest shore power plants, which were installed in Bergen and Rostock. "We have been using Elpress crimping tools for 7-8 years here at PowerCon. The reason we use Elpress is that we have to be sure that each crimp is the best it can be. Our systems run at very high power, so things can go wrong very quickly if a terminal is not types of terminals and how they are used," says Alex Patrick Vernersen, Automation Technologist at PowerCon.
Powercon uses Elpress copper and aluminium terminals, as well as the associated crimping tools. They believe it is an important strength that Elpress both produces and develops its products; it is much easier to talk to people who know everything about the product, they say. Close contact with the manufacturer is also an advantage when sitting and designing new solutions. Elpress KRF terminals are one of the products that PowerCon uses. The terminals have a marking system that indicates the area range and the die number to ensure that the correct terminal is used for the correct cable and that the correct die has been used when crimping. "It's very easy to understand, which means that you quickly learn how to use the system without making any mistakes."
User safety and the compliance with the quality requirements of the tools are important for PowerCon. "We use Elpress's offer of preventive maintenance and calibration of the tools we use in production. This is so that we do not have to stop production to service several tools at the same time. We have also occasionally used Elpress rental service; we think it works really well and that the service is excellent."
Proper installation requires tested and certified products, service and maintenance of the tools, as well as a knowledgeable and trained operator. Elpress has visited PowerCon's production on several occasions to hold training/workshops in System Elpress. These have been highly appreciated and were rewarding for both Elpress and PowerCon. Technical advice and access to certifications and approved tests is one of the main reasons why PowerCon uses Elpress. As a customer they think it is very important to get help with that type of documentation.