ABB installs DolWin2

OE Staff
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

ABB installed the world's most powerful offshore converter platform, the DolWin2, in the North Sea by ABB, with a transmission capacity that can power more than 1 million households with clean wind energy.

The 320-kilovolt converter station, housed on an offshore platform, has a 916 MW power transmission capacity, making it the world's most powerful installation of its kind, enough to power more than 1,000,000 households with clean energy.

The offshore converter station is part of the DolWin2 project which will be operated by transmission system operator TenneT and will connect offshore wind farms in the North Sea’s DolWin cluster, currently the largest offshore wind farm cluster worldwide, with the German grid. The main function of the station will be to convert the electricity generated by the offshore wind farms from alternating current (AC) into high-voltage direct current (HVDC) for efficient and reliable transmission to the mainland.

DolWin2 is part of Germany’s energy transition roadmap, called “Energiewende”, which foresees the generation of more than 6.5 GW from offshore wind by 2020 and 15 GW by 2030. The DolWin1 grid connection, which ABB commissioned and handed over to transmission system operator TenneT at the end of July 2015, also contributes to this goal.

The complete platform including substructure weighs around 23,000 tons and is around 100m long, 70m wide and 100m tall. It was transported last year from Dubai, where it was built, to Aibel’s shipyard in Norway. Here, the platform was outfitted and one week ago sailed away to arrive after a short transportation phase of four days at its final destination in the DolWin cluster, 45km off the German coast. DolWin beta utilizes an innovative self-installing gravity-based structure (GBS) concept, whereby the platform is slowly ballasted down to the seabed by filling the six columns with water, which will in the coming weeks be completely replaced by gravel to permanently secure the platform.

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Categories: Europe Renewables Offshore Wind

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