Three Firms Partner Up to Develop Floating Substation Technology for Offshore Wind

September 29, 2021

Credit: Linxon
Credit: Linxon

Construction engineering company Linxon and its parent companies Hitachi ABB Power Grids and SNC-Lavalin/Atkins have partnered up to bring together the technology and project execution expertise needed to make floating substations for offshore wind a reality.

"The partnership combines the proven know-how and vast domain expertise developed in complex technical solutions such as AC offshore wind projects by Linxon and Hitachi ABB Power Grids with the expertise of SNC-Lavalin/Atkins in naval design and floating platforms," Linxon said Wednesday.

Floating substations are seen as an important enabler for the next phase of the booming offshore wind industry, and especially for floating wind farms, installed further from shore compared to the traditional fixed-bottom turbines.

Achieving an efficient and reliable floating substation is key to decarbonizing the electricity grid by unlocking large offshore wind generation potential, the partners say.

"The installed capacity of floating offshore wind generation is forecast to grow from a modest 66 MW in 2019 to at least 16 GW in 2030, as more and more countries in Europe, Asia, and North America seek to harness the rich potential of deep-water wind resources.  

The wind industry is eager to develop and adopt commercial-scale floating offshore wind farms comprising high-capacity wind turbines and standardized, scalable floating substations that make the development and operation of the installations viable and profitable," Linxon says.



“Wind power technologies are mature, but in many countries, the deployment of renewables in deep waters is still a challenge” said Stefan Reisacher, CEO of Linxon. “Wind turbine generators capacity factors are growing in all regions and the development of floating turbine structures is maturing, allowing better business cases for developer and owners.

“The Linxon floating offshore substation platform solutions will comprise modular, scalable, compact substation packages, including transformers, high-voltage switchgear and products specially developed by Hitachi ABB Power Grids for floating applications,” said Alfredo Parres, Head of Renewables at Hitachi ABB Power Grids. Hitachi ABB Power Grids is committed to supporting the development of the floating offshore wind market and supporting Linxon customers to deliver floating offshore wind projects.”

“With Linxon, we use proven technologies to make this leap into floating renewable energy possible. Hitachi ABB Power Grids recently launched a portfolio of substation solutions and a new range of transformers for offshore floating applications, designed to overcome the challenging of the offshore environment and withstand the physically demanding conditions on floating structures”, Parres continued.

“The Linxon and Hitachi ABB Power Grids floating substation concept can address the current market needs and be adapted for emerging applications,” said Stefan Reisacher. “Having used proven solutions within our concept designs, we are ready to take the next step with our key customers.”Within global efforts to build a sustainable future for coming generations, integrating renewables into the energy system is key. By teaming up together, we are accelerating the energy transition and supplying sustainable energy for all.



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