ScottishPower adopts solution to support offshore wind energy integration

ScottishPower Renewables has awarded ABB a $30m order for two SVC Light® Static Compensators that will smooth out voltage fluctuations.
Published: Fri 21 Jul 2017

Using ABBs technologies the utility intends to integrate the East Anglia ONE project in the best possible way.

The two SVC Light® Static Compensators (STATCOMs) technology will help strengthen power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability, enabling more energy efficient and reliable power supplies for millions consumers. Two advanced ABB TrafoStar™ Autotransformers will be incorporated in the STATCOM system. The transformers are ideal for this type of application as they combine the functionality of two transformers in one, while boosting energy efficiency by significantly reducing the total losses.

The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017.

The East Anglia ONE project

ScottishPower Renewables is currently constructing the East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm which is located approximately 43km off the Suffolk Coast in the southern North Sea, UK. The project forms part of the larger East Anglia Offshore Wind Zone, where 7.2GW of renewable power capacity is proposed to be installed in an area of 6,000km² off the coast of East Anglia. The area off East Anglia enjoys ideal conditions for offshore wind, due to its shallow water depths, favourable seabed conditions, proximity to shore and high wind speeds.

With an investment of £2.5bn, the project will stimulate the East Anglia region and support thousands of skilled jobs, according to the utility.

Consisting of 102 wind turbines and six onshore subsea cables, the project will generate enough electricity to power approximately 500,000 homes.

The wind farm will generate its first power in 2019 and by 2020; it will be fully-operational.

Highlighting UK’s renewables goals

The project will help the UK achieve its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020 and at least 80% by 2050 as part of its Climate Change Act 2008. The UK government has set a target to meet 15% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.

The UK generates more electricity from offshore wind than any other country. The sector meets around 5% of annual demand and it is predicted to grow to 10% by 2020. The UK currently has 30 offshore wind farms generating over 5.1GW of operational capacity with a further 4.5 GW under construction.



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