Monday, December 29, 2008

German Offshore Wind Farm Most Remote In World

German utility E.ON Netz GmbH has awarded ABB an order worth more than US$400 million to supply the power equipment that will connect the world's largest offshore wind farm to the German grid. ABB will connect the 400-MW Borkum-2 park using its HVDC Light (high-voltage direct current) transmission technology. Scheduled to be operational in September 2009, the wind farm is expected to avoid CO2 emissions of 1.5 million tons per year by replacing fossil-fuel generation. Germany currently uses wind for about 7% of its electricity requirements. The Borkum-2 is located 62 miles off the German coast in the North Sea and will be the most remote wind farm in the world.

ABB is responsible for system engineering including design, supply and installation of the offshore converter, sea and land cable systems and the onshore converter. Most of the transmission system provided by ABB will be laid underwater and underground, thus minimizing environmental impact.

HVDC Light offers environmental benefits, such as neutral electromagnetic fields, oil-free cables and compact converter stations, and is ideal for connecting remote wind farms to mainland networks without distance limitations or constraints on the grid. (Transmission & Distribution World, Nov 2008)

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