EU approves cable firm merger

Italian firm Prysmian is to buy US-based General Cable

Power cable project offered £1m to cut energy waste

Innovate UK has offered a £1 million grant for a project to develop efficient cables to cut costs and reduce emissions from the transmission sector. The new cable technology has been invented by developer Enertechnos, which has been joined by a number of partners including equipment supplier Eland Cables. The project will use the long […]

New £280m grant to spark offshore cable development

A laboratory has been given a £280,000 boost with a significant upgrade to its lighting impulse test capabilities. Funded by Innovate UK, the upgrade will support the development of high voltage cable systems and accessories, such as export cables and universal joints, helping to reduce export cable failure rates. The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s […]

Could you help fix the offshore wind cable problem?

A competition to help solve one of the problems plaguing the offshore wind industry has been launched. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is searching for a new technology that can monitor the condition of wind farms’ subsea cables during installation, a stage in which they are often over-stretched and damaged. Current equipment can’t detect and […]

£400,000 boost for offshore wind cable innovation

Three firms have been awarded funding totalling £400,000 to commercialise the development of “next generation” 66 kiloVolt (kV) offshore wind cables. Carbon Trust estimates the cables to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy by 1.5% or £100 million every year. The project is part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) initiative, which […]

npower’s Wayne Mitchell going underground

Should our power cables go underground? Calls for our network of power supply cables to go underground is nothing new. But the recent storms and floods have only added weight to the argument, as not only will this approach create less of an impact on the landscape, it means powerlines will be less susceptible to […]

‘Next generation’ offshore wind cables competition

A new competition worth up to £300,000 to fast track the development of “next generation” 66 kiloVolt (kV) cables for the offshore wind industry has been launched. It is part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) initiative, which aims to move the sector away from using 33kV cables. OWA developers, which includes DONG […]

Cable research key with rise of new energy sources

The rise of renewable energy sources makes research into efficient power cables key, according to manufacturer Nexans, which celebrates the tenth anniversary of its research centre in Lyons, France this week. Thomas Hähner, Manager at the Nexans Research Centre told ELN energy efficiency is an “important part” of research into developing different cables for the […]

London Power Tunnels start to dig deep

National Grid’s London Power Tunnels project has entered a new phase with the arrival of a second giant tunnel-boring machine. The project is part of a capital-wide plan to lay 32km of underground electricity cables. The massive machine, named Evelyn, will be used to tunnel 19 kilometres of the 32km subterranean electricity superhighway. Evelyn joins […]