Published: 17 April 2019 17 April 2019
The Carbon Trust has announced the five winners of its dynamic export cable competition as a part of the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (Floating Wind JIP), which aims to accelerate and support the development of commercial-scale floating wind farms. The Floating Wind JIP is a collaboration between industry partners EnBW, ENGIE, Eolfi, E.ON, Equinor, innogy, Kyuden Mirai Energy, Ørsted, ScottishPower Renewables, Shell, Vattenfall, Wpd, with support from the Scottish Government.
The competition winners are Aker Solutions (Norway), Furukawa Electric Co. (Japan), Hellenic Cables S.A. (Greece), JDR Cable Systems (UK) and Zhongtian Technology Submarine Cable Co., Ltd [ZTT] (China)
Drawing on the expertise of existing offshore wind cable suppliers, as well as tapping into the oil and gas supply chain, the competition funding will support the design, initial testing and development of dynamic cables ranging from 130kV to 250kV to enable the efficient transmission of power from floating wind turbines to shore.
The Carbon Trust and the twelve Floating Wind JIP developers will be supporting and collaborating with these cable suppliers to support the development of their cables.
This first phase of the project will conclude in March 2020. The objective of the competition is to ensure that the technology is a viable option for developers for commercial floating wind projects within the next 5-10 years.