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Advanced Environmental Options, Inc. offers testing, transportation, recycling and/or disposal of transformer oils.  Transformer oil, or insulating oil, is usually a highly-refined mineral oil that is stable at high temperatures and has excellent electrical insulating properties. It is used in oil-filled transformers, some types of high voltage capacitors, fluorescent lamp ballasts, and some types of high voltage switches and circuit breakers. Its functions are to insulate, suppress corona and arcing, and to serve as a coolant.  Well into the 1970s, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB)s were often used as a dielectric fluid since they are not flammable. They are toxic, and under incomplete combustion, can form highly toxic products such as furan. Starting in the early 1970s, concerns about the toxicity of PCBs have led to their banning in many countries.  Due to such high toxicity, transformers must be tested to ensure they contain no PCB oils prior to transportation or disposal.  AEO can test for these toxic oils, clean the unit to rid them of toxic oils, transport and dispose/recycle the units.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:52