ABB wins milestone offshore wind HVDC deal

ABB is to supply its high-voltage direct current light converter systems to connect the three Dogger Bank offshore wind farms in the North Sea to the UK transmission network.

In the first ever use of HVDC technology in the UK offshore wind market, ABB will supply technology with what it says is one of the smallest environmental footprints, due to the most compact station design combined with the lowest energy losses in the power industry.

ABB will supply the HVDC Light converter systems, while Aibel will deliver two HVDC offshore converter platforms for the windfarms, which are being built by SSE Renewables and Equinor.

“Winning the contracts from SSE Renewables and Equinor for the landmark Dogger Bank project underscores ABB’s innovative offshore wind technology and expertise. It also highlights the success of ABB Power Grids’ customer partnerships, both on design optimization as well as on the business model level,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Grids business.

“ABB is committed to delivering sustainable solutions with pioneering technologies and in the Dogger Bank project we are helping to make offshore wind competitive and thus contributing to a stronger, smarter and greener grid,” stated Facchin.

Halfdan Brustad, vice president for Dogger Bank at Equinor, said: “This is an important milestone for Dogger Bank with a groundbreaking HVDC technology solution enabling a competitive solution for offshore wind at a long distance from shore. This will be the first offshore HVDC solution in the UK which opens up new markets and opportunities. The appointment of Aibel and ABB demonstrates cross industry collaboration bringing best expertise into a successful Dogger Bank delivery.”

Paul Cooley, director of capital projects at SSE Renewables, said: “Dogger Bank is truly a world-leading project, pushing new boundaries in the provision of ground-breaking technology to deliver low-carbon energy generation to help achieve the UK’s net zero ambition by 2050. The appointment of Aibel and ABB as project partners will ensure that the latest grid solution technology is deployed to support our successful project delivery.”

Read more about Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind farm

The Dogger Bank development consists of three wind farm projects ” Creyke Beck A and B, and Teesside A; ABB has been awarded contracts for Creyke Beck A and Creyke Beck B.

Commercial HVDC technology was pioneered by ABB more than 60 years ago. It is a highly efficient alternative to alternating current (AC) for transmitting large amounts of electricity with higher efficiency and lower electrical losses.

HVDC contributes to the secure and stable transmission of power across networks that operate on different voltages and frequencies. This makes the technology suitable for many key power applications, enabling the integration of renewable energy from offshore wind farms and interconnections with AC networks.

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