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ABB Wins Transformer Order for Offshore Wind Project in North Sea

Zurich, Switzerland - ABB has won an order from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to supply its Windstar transformers for installation in wind turbines in the North Sea. Under the project, 100 transformers manufactured in ABB’s transformer factory in Vaasa, Finland, will be supplied for Moray Offshore Renewable Power’s Moray East offshore wind project, located 22 kilometers off the coast of Scotland.

The windfarm will have a capacity of 950 megawatts (MW). According to ABB, the farm will be capable of providing enough clean energy to power up to a million households and could save up to 3.3 million tons of carbon dioxide every year, compared to coal generation.

The 295 square kilometer windfarm will contain enormous wind turbines – up to 204 meters tall to the turbine’s blade-tip, each with a capacity of 9.5 MW of electricity at 66 kilovolts. This will be made possible by ABB’s Windstar transformers that are compact enough to be placed inside the wind turbine. As ABB points out, they will increase the voltage of the turbine-generated electricity to enable efficient transmission with reduced losses.

This high power and voltage are critical in generating and transmitting power efficiently, as part of an important cost-reduction strategy which will ensure the future of clean, offshore wind generation. As such, Moray East will deliver power at £57.50 per MW-hour, less than half the cost of power generated by comparable offshore windfarms that are under construction today.

ABB’s Windstar power transformers are designed to fit inside the wind turbine and can withstand strong vibrations, sudden movements and variable electrical loading, typical of wind power. The lightweight transformer is energy efficient and made with biodegradable and safe ester insulation fluid.

In the last year, ABB has won two more orders for similar Windstar transformers for important offshore wind projects by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind: Borssele 3 & 4 windfarms, off the coast of the Netherlands, and Windfloat Atlantic in Portugal. The latter is a floating, offshore wind project, comprising the world’s largest and most powerful wind turbines ever installed on a floating foundation.

Source: IWR Online, 27 Jun 2019