ABB announced their latest innovation with transformer technology with a 66kV transformer that fits into the tower base of offshore wind turbines.
What this means for offshore wind is a significant reduction in losses making wind turbines more efficient including benefits for lifecycle and cost-efficiency gains.
According to the press release, ‘as an initial success, ABB has delivered five new WindSTAR transformers to MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, to be deployed at the world’s first 66 kV offshore wind farm in the UK. The Blyth Offshore Demonstrator (BOD) is a 41.5 megawatt (MW), five-turbine wind farm, located off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland, with the capacity to deliver clean power to 34,000 homes.’
The new 66kV transformers will also be deployed at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre a 92MW wind turbine demo and test facility located around 2km off the coast of Aberdeen Bay.
Managing Director of ABB’s Transformers business, a part of the company’s Power Grids division, Markus Heimbach said, “ABB’s latest 66 kV WindSTAR transformers bear testimony to our spirit of pioneering innovation and commitment to customer focus,”
“The development facilitates the integration of offshore wind energy bringing, clean power to the people and reinforcing our position as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”