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ABB Wins $100 Million Danish Subsea Cable Order For Offshore Wind Farm

ABB has won an order to build a cable system that will integrate the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm off the coast of Denmark to the national mainland grid, an order worth over $100 million.

ABB-1Based in Zurch and a self-proclaimed “leader in power and automation technologies,” ABB will lay a cable capable of conducting the planned-600 MW worth of wind energy from the Krigers Flak A and B wind farms to Rødvig, in Denmark. ABB will design, supply, and install the three high-voltage AC 220 kilovolt three-core submarine cables across a distance of approximately 100 kilometres (44 kilometres from each of the platforms to the shore, and 11 kilometres between the two wind platforms).

The project is expected to be commissioned in 2018, at which point the Krigers Flak offshore wind farm will increase Denmark’s wind power capacity to over 40%, the equivalent of being able to meet the demand of over 600,000 average homes.

“Cable links are playing a key role in integrating renewable energy into the grid and transmitting clean electricity to millions of people,” said Claudio Facchin, President, ABB Power Systems division. “This is very much in line with our vision of facilitating power and productivity for a better world. Our leading-edge technologies, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and vast global experience position us as a global leader in high voltage cable systems.”

ABB pops up fairly regularly on the CleanTechnica website, involved in a variety of different projects: from Australian grid-integrated network battery to a solar plant in Nevada that uses solar trackers.

On the other side of the equation, we don’t often find a lot of news to do with subsea transmission links. In October of 2014, British energy regulator Ofgem announced that they planned to provide £1.1 billion in funding for a new subsea transmission link in the north of Scotland to connect 1.2 GW of renewables capacity to the grid. And in 2012, ABB again was again contracted to build a subsea transmission link between Finnish mainland and Åland, an autonomous province of Finland, which had hitherto relied on electricity from Sweden and some renewable electricity and fossil-fuel backups.

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