JIP launch floating wind cable competition

IdeolThe Carbon Trust say that one of the challenges facing large-scale floating offshore wind farms, is floating submarine cable availability. A study to support the development of dynamic export cables is currently underway.

The project is being led by BPP Cables and commissioned by the Scottish Government and twelve industry partners – EnBW, ENGIE, Eolfi, E.ON, Equinor, Iberdrola, innogy, Kyuden Mirai, Ørsted, Shell, Vattenfall and Wpd Offshore.

As part of the study, the Carbon Trust is launching a competition this summer to support cable manufacturers to develop suitable 132kV and 220kV dynamic cable designs. The competition hopes to accelerate the development of the technology to ensure that high-voltage dynamic cables are available for the first commercial floating wind projects within the next 5-10 years.

The competition specifications will be issued next month and cable manufacturers are invited to indicate their interest to participate by 18:00 BST on Tuesday 19th June 2018.

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