ABB installs ‘most powerful’ offshore converter

A power converter station with a transmission capacity of 916MW has been installed in the North Sea. That’s enough electricity to supply more than one million households. The 320kV DolWin beta converter was […]

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A power converter station with a transmission capacity of 916MW has been installed in the North Sea.

That’s enough electricity to supply more than one million households.

The 320kV DolWin beta converter was installed by ABB, which claims it is “the world’s most powerful offshore converter platform”.

It is part of the DolWin2 project which will be operated by transmission system operator TenneT and will connect offshore wind farms in the North Sea’s DolWin cluster with the German grid.

The main function of the station will be to convert the electricity generated by the offshore wind farms from alternating current into high-voltage direct current for transmission to the mainland.

ABB’s CEO, Ulrich Spiesshofer, said: “After the successful handover of the DolWin1 link in July, this is another key milestone in the execution of our offshore wind projects.”

DolWin2 is part of Germany’s energy transition roadmap, called “Energiewende”, which expects more than 6.5GW to be generated from offshore wind farms by 2020 and 15GW by 2030.