Aker Offshore Wind flags underwater substation in 6-GW ScotWind bid

An artist’s impression image of a subsea substation for floating offshore wind. Credit: Aker Offshore Wind.

October 7 (Renewables Now) - Norway’s Aker Offshore Wind AS today unveiled plans to use innovative underwater substation as part of its bids in the ScotWind offshore wind leasing round.

Aker Offshore Wind has partnered with Ocean Winds, a joint venture of EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI:EDPR) and Engie SA (EPA:ENGI), to submit bids for the development of up to 6 GW of floating offshore wind farms in Scottish waters.

The subsea substations would be developed, manufactured and supplied in Scotland by Aker Solutions, a sister company of Aker Offshore Wind.

“This technology would be supported by tens of millions of investment and work would start next year,” said Aker Offshore Wind UK managing director Sian Lloyd-Rees.

“Through innovation, we have the opportunity to implement new technology in the ScotWind leasing round, making Scotland and the UK a global leader in subsea solutions for floating offshore wind and exporting the technology around the world” Lloyd-Rees also said.

Subsea substations could deliver reliability and cost benefits and, as Ocean Winds UK managing director Dan Finch noted, unlock locations that are too deep for fixed substation foundations.

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