This will support a dynamic power cable systems technology development and qualification program launched by the Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence, covering cables up to 132 kV and associated components such as electrical quick connectors, bend restrictors and cable protection systems.
According to 2H, while the UK supply chain has good understanding of power cabling and ancillary equipment requirements, the transition in offshore wind from static to dynamic cables and low voltage to medium and high voltages is progressing beyond currently qualified technologies.
Hence the need for a qualification program to assess, benchmark and support the development of dynamic cabling systems.
2H is applying its experience with mechanical and electrical qualification requirements from CIGRE and IEC, and best industry practices from API, ISO and DNV, to develop a structured framework.
Results, it claims, should also benefit cable vendors, ancillary equipment vendors and test houses by providing clear guidance on steps for qualifying interarray power cable components for floating wind.