Danish energy company, Ørsted, has appointed technology solutions provider ABB to provide a range of technologies that will help integrate and transmit renewable wind energy from Hornsea Project Two, claimed to be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
The orders, which total $150 million, were booked in the second quarter of 2018 and are the first tranche of a global five-year frame agreement for the supply of electrical and automation equipment for offshore and onshore wind power connection and integration to the grid.
Once in full operation, the 1,400MW project, located in the North Sea about 100 kilometers off the Yorkshire coast, will provide clean power to over 1.3 million homes annually. Read more: Wind energy adoption in Africa
The surplus capacity will assist the UK meet its target of generating 15% of energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.
The electrical power flow from Hornsea Two farm will be protected and controlled by the largest Static Compensation (STATCOM) system ever built for an offshore wind application.
According to the solutions provider, STATCOMs help offshore wind generating turbines to increase power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability, delivering energy efficient and reliable power supply.
“We are delighted to partner with Ørsted [previously Dong Energy] for this strategic long term technology alliance and work towards our common goal of integrating more renewables into the grid and promoting sustainable energy solutions,” said Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division.