European offshore wind power connection worth $1 billion

Power and automation technology group, ABB recently won an order worth around $1 billion from the Dutch-German transmission grid operator TenneT to supply a power link connecting offshore North Sea wind farms to the German mainland grid.

This is the largest power transmission order in ABB’s history. It will deploy the world’s largest offshore HVDC system with a rating of over 900 MW, keeping electrical losses to less than 1 per cent per converter station.

The completed link will be capable of supplying more than 1.5 million households with clean wind-generated electricity.

ABB’s innovative and environmentally friendly HVDC light transmission technology will transport power from the 400 MW Gode Wind II and other wind farms to an offshore HVDC converter station, which will transmit the electricity to the onshore HVDC station at Dörpen on the German coast via 135 km of underwater and underground cables.