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In May 2013, the wave power sector took a significant step forward when ABB-funded Aquamarine Power Ltd was granted full consent for the construction of a 40MV wave energy farm, making it the world's largest fully consented ocean power site, able to power nearly 30,000 homes.
In summer 2013 Vattenfall appointed ABB to build the grid connection for the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project, which will be the largest onshore wind farm in England and Wales when it enters operation in 2016.
In August 2013, ABB completed the new East-West Interconnector transmission link between Ireland and the UK for EirGrid, the Irish transmission system operator.
It’s almost a year since ABB published the news that it has developed the world’s first HVDC (high voltage direct current) circuit breaker, leading to recognition that included MIT Technology Review naming the breaker as one of the 10 breakthrough technologies of 2013.
In July 2013, ABB completed the acquisition of Power-One, the leading provider of renewable energy and energy-efficient power conversion and power management solutions.
Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of RenewableUK, comments on the ongoing high levels of public support for renewable energy, the impact of the government’s announcement of draft strike prices for renewables under the Electricity Market Reform and the importance of encouraging an industry that is keen to deliver.
ABB has built on more than 100 years of experience in power and automation technology to develop a complete portfolio of services for the renewable energy industry. This covers virtually any requirement, from individual components for a wind turbine installation through to the turnkey delivery of grid connection schemes.
September 2013 saw ABB complete the delivery of the subsea transmission link for one of Europe’s largest offshore wind farms with the commissioning of the 325 MW grid connection for the Thornton Bank wind farm. The project, carried out for Belgian company C-Power NV, was delivered on schedule.
Stuart Grattage, Head of Engineering for ABB’s Power Systems business, explains how computer modelling can help utilities and system operators optimise their offshore wind farm projects.
David Hughes, Head of Power Products for ABB in the UK, explains how medium-voltage modular systems can ensure fast-track project delivery while minimising site disruption and effectively eliminating customer risk.
ABB’s engineering team in East Kilbride is delivering a fast-track project to build a new high-voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation and the decommission the old air-insulated switchgear (AIS) at the Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) Sloy hydroelectric power station in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
ABB’s EcoDry range of ultra-efficient, dry-type distribution transformers can reduce transformer energy losses by up to 70 percent compared with standard dry-type transformers. This helps reduce energy costs and improve environmental performance.
ABB is also funding technology at the cutting edge of tidal power with its support to Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited (SRTP). ABB announced an investment in SRTP in late 2012 in a move which also gives the firm access to ABB’s technical expertise.
National Grid has selected ABB’s TCSC (Thyristor Controlled Series Compensation) equipment in the country’s first installation of this type of equipment, which will boost the power transfer capacity from Scotland to England. The project is part of National Grid’s preparations for Great Britain’s electricity transmission network to meet the target for 15 percent of the UK’s energy to be produced from renewable energy sources by 2020.
Using a STATCOM in combination with switched capacitors, known as a hybrid system, provides advantages in cost, performance and footprint.
ABB has the proven capability to design and install the ideal high-voltage (HVC) cable system for a wide variety of onshore and offshore renewable energy projects worldwide.
ABB has completed a contractor for RWE power renewables to upgrade the substation serving Cym Dyli, within the Snowdonia National Park, one of Britain’s oldest hydroelectric power stations which started generation in 1906.
ABB is a leading Independent Connection Provider (ICP) with proven capability to deliver new connection projects from day-to-day maintenance for Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) to multi-million pound contestable connections
ABB’s portfolio of life cycle services is designed to increase our customers’ return on investment and keep offshore wind projects operating with maximum efficiency and reliability throughout their service life.
John Edwards, ABB’s General Manager for High Voltage Products in the UK, explains why there is a growing trend towards higher voltage grids for offshore wind power networks.
Peter Jones, Engineering Manager Grid Systems ABB UK, explains the background to the development of ABB’s new self-installing gravity-base structure (GBS) platform concept for offshore HVDC projects
Grant McKay, ABB Marketing and Sales Manager for offshore wind transmission connections in the UK, reviews the technology options for offshore wind farm connection projects.