ABB to deliver power converters for Dogger Bank
has been commissioned to deliver 95 medium voltage converters to GE Renewable
Energy. The converters will be installed at offshore wind turbines on the
UK’s Dogger Bank Wind Farm.
The converters are ABB’s first major order under its Long-Term Supply
Agreement (LTSA) with GE Renewable Energy. A total of 95 PCS6000 medium
voltage converters will be installed in GE’s Haliade-X 13 MW wind turbines.
ABB in Turgi, Switzerland is leading project engineering while the PCS6000
converters will be manufactured by ABB in Łódź, Poland. First delivery
is scheduled for summer 2021 with completion in late 2022.
ABB’s converters will take the power produced by GE’s wind turbines and
converting it to the right voltage and frequency for the wind farm grid.
The converters are rated to handle the high-power output, with one rotation
of each 220-meter diameter rotor generating enough electricity to last
a UK household two-days.
ABB’s collaboration with GE began in 2017 and the companies have worked
closely to optimize the PCS6000 converter for the Haliade-X platform. This
included test operations on a turbine installed at the Port of Rotterdam,
“The selection of the right converter is critical to achieve the performance
and reliability that yields the maximum return on investment. And medium
voltage converters are the optimum choice for today’s high-power wind
turbines,” said Chris Poynter, Division President for System Drives,
ABB Motion. “We have worked closely with leaders in the wind industry
to develop innovative technology to match the growing scale of offshore
turbines. That is why we are extremely proud that our commitment and world-class
solutions won the confidence of GE Renewables for Dogger Bank."
The Dogger Bank wind farms are located more than 130 km from the Yorkshire
coast. Due to its size and scale, the overall wind farm is being built
in three consecutive 1.2 GW phases. The project partners reached financial
close on the first two phases, Dogger
Bank A and
Bank B, at
the beginning of December. Further to Dogger
Bank A and
Bank B, the
project companies are also developing the Dogger
Bank C project
for which it is expected that a financial decision will come in late 2021.
The projects will be capable of powering up to 4.5 UK million homes each
year when complete in 2026. Each
project is expected to generate around 6 TWh of electricity annually.
Dogger Bank A and B is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor
(40%) and Eni (20%). Dogger Bank C is a 50:50 joint venture between SSE
Renewables and Equinor. SSE Renewables is leading on the construction and
delivery of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Equinor will operate Dogger Bank Wind
Farm upon completion, for its lifetime of up to 35 years.
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