ScottishPower Renewables supports Proserv subsea cable solution

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 01/09/2021 Proserv

Proserv Controls has received industrial sponsorship for its subsea cable condition monitoring system, ECG, or Electro Cable Guard, for the offshore wind segment from ScottishPower Renewables (SPR).

ECG has been initiated and driven by Proserv with support from its consortium partners Synaptec and BPP Cable Solutions. The system offers condition monitoring of both inter array and export cables.

Proserv stated that the consortium has adopted a holistic approach to building its solution, incorporating multiple parameters such as distributed temperature, acoustic and electrical sensing, with synchronous, real-time monitoring across an asset and continuous automated data analysis.

Machine learning will be integrated into the system, so that, once fully engaged, minute anomalies in performance, even within normal operating boundaries, will be detected, potentially indicating future issues requiring remedial action, according to Proserve.

Proserv’s Business Development Director – Renewables, Paul Cook, stated: “This industrial sponsorship commitment from ScottishPower Renewables is a vital step forward for our ECG project. To have such key end user support throughout the development ensures that our subsea cable monitoring solution sits front and centre of what the industry needs and wants.

“SPR recognises there is a critical requirement for an innovation in the offshore wind industry that monitors cables using a methodology that goes way beyond what is available today within the market.”

The agreement with SPR comes months after the ECG project received two thirds of its £1.5mn development costs, totalling £1mn, via a Smart Grant from Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency. The remaining sum is being supplied by the members of the consortium.

As the ECG project moves forwards, it is anticipated that the technology will be demonstrated on a UK commercial scale wind farm in Q2/Q3 2022.

Davis Larssen, Chief Executive Officer, Proserv Controls, added: “The transition to a more varied and sustainable energy mix is moving forwards rapidly and it is vital companies like Proserv harness its heritage and know-how in subsea controls to innovate exciting new technologies. ECG represents the perfect example of the sharing of cutting-edge expertise, across a consortium, to build a solution that will offer a transformation in offshore wind subsea cable health monitoring capabilities.”