Radical Reuse and Resource Reduction
Beginning in the 1960s, millions of miles of U.S. power cables were moved underground to beautify the landscape and minimize power outages due to storms. Underground cables generally have a useful life of 20 to 40 years but often endure damage from water and soil corrosion, resulting in power failures and other issues.
The traditional “solution” is to dig up yards and landscaping to install new cables—and because removing and disposing of the old cable is costly, it’s often left behind in the ground, interfering with the healthy growth of trees and plants. As our engineer Chris Campion puts it, “The carbon footprint of just leaving cable in the ground is huge.”
Novinium’s Unique Solution
Novinium offers a radical alternative. Instead of digging up and replacing those underground cables, Novinium restores them to better-than-new performance—effectively recharging them for another four decades or more—by injecting them, quickly and safely, with silicone-based fluids specially formulated to rejuvenate the cables from the inside out.
Cable replacement incurs many environmental costs, which is a concern for utilities focused on becoming more sustainable and green. The new cables themselves require significant amounts of aluminum, copper, and plastic to manufacture, not to mention the diesel fuel for the equipment needed to transport and install them.
By contrast, cable rejuvenation essentially recycles cable in place for healthier soil, trees, and plants. Choosing cable rejuvenation over cable replacement not only saves utilities money, it offers significant savings of precious natural resources.
Since its founding in 2003, Novinium has rejuvenated over 116 million feet of power cable, saving:
- 10,000 tons of aluminum
- 24,000 tons of copper
- 48,000 tons of plastic
- 50 million gallons of diesel fuel
- The equivalent of 6.6 million metric tons of CO2