The Carbon Trust-led Floating Wind Joint Industry Partnership has kicked off a new study to investigate critical issues for large scale floating wind farms. Commissioned by the Scottish Government and twelve industry partners – EnBW, ENGIE, Eolfi, E.ON, Iberdrola, innogy, Kyuden Mirai, Ørsted, Shell, Statoil, Vattenfall , and Wpd Offshore – the JIP will be supporting the development of high voltage dynamic cables for commercial floating wind power projects.

BPP Cables will lead the study on dynamic export cables, which has been identified as a potential bottleneck for commercial deployments. While lower voltage dynamic inter-array cables (~22-66kV) are readily available, there is a notable gap in the market for suitable high voltage dynamic cables for export purposes (~130-250kV) to enable efficient transmission of power back to shore.

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As part of the study, the Carbon Trust intend to launch a competition to support cable manufacturers to develop suitable designs. The competition, expected this summer, hopes to accelerate the development of the technology to ensure that high voltage dynamic cables are available for the first commercial floating wind projects within the next 5-10 years.

Rhodri James, Manager at the Carbon Trust, said, “The lack of available dynamic export cables is currently a key technical and commercial risk for floating wind projects and we are hopeful of playing an important role in stimulating the market to develop solutions for the industry..”

Further information on the Carbon Trust’s Floating Wind Joint Industry Project can be found here: https://www.carbontrust.com/offshore-wind/floating/floating-wind-jip/