Nexans has developed a flexible cable system, available for connections up to 1 kV. This Windlink solution, including aluminum loop cables, connectors and lugs for wind turbine generators that are lighter than traditional copper cables.
This type of cable forms a loop in the nacelle so that it can withstand torsions that arise as the nacelle moves according to the wind's direction. It then transports power down from the nacelle to the fixed section along the tower to the transformer. The lower density of aluminum means that these cables are about 40% lighter than the traditional copper counterparts. The design life of the system is expected to coincide with the wind turbine generator life. The complete solution will be manufactured at Nexans' Bohain plant in France and at the Hof factory in Germany.