Proserv and Synaptec form cable monitoring partnership

In: CablesEquipment
07/10/2020
Proserv Controls and Synaptec have formed a partnership to develop an integrated holistic cable monitoring system for offshore wind farms.

Synaptec was founded in Glasgow in 2014 and provides distributed sensor networks to improve visibility and control of power systems across the offshore wind, transmission and distribution industries. Its technologies use optical fibres and are completely passive: a global first for the power sector.

Synaptec’s patented optical sensing capabilities, complemented by Proserv’s controls technology, allows the retrofit of control systems, enabling faults and failures to be identified pre-emptively, through a non-intrusive approach. The companies outlines that this could save installation costs and in mitigate the occurrence of faults.


Paul Cook, Proserv’s Product Manager – Renewables, commented, “Proserv’s stature as an independent controls technology provider, and the ability for our solutions to coexist with all other equipment manufacturers’ control, monitoring and power systems, were a strong attraction to Synaptec.


“For us, Synaptec’s unique non-intrusive passive monitoring capability means we have the scope to integrate this technology, alongside other monitoring techniques, to bring significant added value to our future control systems.”
Proserv will incorporate Synaptec’s unique passive distributed electro-mechanical sensing (DES) technology within the monitoring solution.


Philip Orr, Managing Director, Synaptec, said: “Cable failures continue to be a significant challenge for the offshore wind sector. Through this new partnership we are bringing to market a solution which will support the growth and progress of the energy transition and positively impact the operations and maintenance costs for offshore wind operators. It’s an important milestone and demonstrates both Synaptec’s and Proserv’s commitment to a stable energy future at a time when the energy sector is undergoing the biggest transformation we’ll see in our lifetimes.”


The partners will also evaluate how best to incorporate Synaptec’s distributed electro-mechanical sensing into Proserv’s subsea control systems in order to monitor the performance of critical infrastructure.


The two firms will work to integrate their technologies to generate condition monitoring solutions to support preventative failure warnings, enabling timely intervention by operators, and preventing outages and lost production.


Davis Larssen, CEO, Proserv Controls, added, “This alliance represents an exciting opportunity for both parties. Our goal is to combine our respective capabilities to deliver innovative, market-leading products that will ultimately enhance our clients’ production efficiencies and improve their profitability.”


The agreement represents a key step on Proserv’s technology roadmap, with the firm continuing to build a disruptive, technology-driven controls business in the offshore wind sector, as it seeks to play a part in the energy transition.


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