Industrial group ABB Ltd (VTX:ABBN) on Thursday announced the commissioning and handing over of the 916-MW DolWin2 transmission link in the German North Sea to transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT.
The company was selected by TenneT to design, engineer, supply and install the onshore and offshore converter stations, subsea and underground cables for the link. The Dutch-German TSO will use the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) DolWin2, together with the 800-MW DolWin1 and 900-MW DolWin3 offshore links, to connect wind turbines at sea to the German grid.
The DolWin2 connection has the capacity to provide with electricity more than 1 million homes per year. The HVDC technology allows the transmission of large amounts of power over long distances with minimal losses, Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s power grids unit, explained.
Germany aims to have over 6.5 MW of offshore wind power capacity by 2020 and 15 GW by 2030.
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