Swiss technology company ABB has secured orders worth more than $150m from Danish energy company Ørsted for Hornsea Project Two.
Under the terms of the deal, ABB will supply a wide range of technologies to the Danish firm for integrating and transmitting renewable wind energy from the offshore wind farm to the UK grid.
The company will deliver its Static Var Compensation (SVC) Light technology with Ability Mach control systems, high voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), transformers, reactors and harmonic filters.
The Swiss firm has also agreed to offer engineering, project management and commissioning of the digital control and protection systems for the onshore substation and the two offshore platform substations.
ABB Power Grids division president Claudio Facchin said: “We are delighted to partner with Ørsted for this strategic long-term technology alliance and work towards our common goal of integrating more renewables into the grid and promoting sustainable energy solutions.
“Advanced technologies and ABB Ability-based digital solutions will play a key role in enhancing capacity and improving quality and reliability of electricity supplies to millions of people. This project reinforces ABB’s position as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”
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Hornsea Two is a 1,400MW project, designed to deliver enough clean electrical power to meet the needs of more than 1.3 million homes annually, as well as support economic growth in the UK’s Humber region with additional power supply.
The project will also help the nation to achieve its target of generating 15% of energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.
The flow of electricity from Hornsea Two farm will be protected and controlled using the Static Compensation (STATCOM) system, designed to help offshore wind generating turbines to increase power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability.
In order to ensure safe grid integration system operations, ABB Ability-enabled MicroSCADA system will be part of the project.
It will be used to monitor the electricity network and gather data from Relion Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) and Remote Terminal Units (RTUs).
Additionally, the project will make use of advanced mission-critical technology for establishing communication between the offshore platforms and the onshore substation.