|21 February 2016|


The development of larger offshore wind power parks in the UK will be helped by an important upgrade made to the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s UKAS accredited high voltage (HV) electrical laboratory.

It will provide enhanced testing capability unique in the UK and paving the way for an industry shift from 33 kV to 66 kV for future offshore wind inter-array electrical systems.

Stepping up array systems in offshore wind farms to 66 kV will have a dramatic impact on the sector, enabling increased offshore power density, lower operational losses, fewer offshore collector substations and the resulting reduction in the levelised cost of energy.

Alex Neumann, Asset & Business Development Manager, ORE Catapult, commented: “This upgrade represents a significant step-up for the HV laboratory, allowing the business to provide a unique service to the market. This new service enables the cost-effective development of new technology and complements the accelerated lifetime test work that we have developed with our clients to fast-track their product’s development and availability.”

Jeremy Featherstone, Product Development Director, JDR Cables, commented: “This enhancement has played a significant role in supporting our development programme, allowing us to better predict the expected lifetime of the power cable, as well as validate and qualify its design. This capability will allow us to move to 66kV inter-array power supply which is a key driver to ensuring future offshore renewable energy development is cost-effective and reliable.”