66 kV cables for the offshore wind industry

Nexans at the Hanover Trade Fair 2015, 13 to 17 April, hall 13, booth C45 - Type tests for 630 mm² copper cables passed

Hanover, 13 April 2015 – With the development of 66 kV cables for the array cabling within offshore wind farms, Nexans has once more confirmed its technological leadership in this area. The new 630 mm² copper cables passed all relevant type tests, with preparations now ongoing for the final long-term test.66 kV cables for the array cabling within the offshore wind industry
As a result of the trend towards increasingly powerful wind turbines, it is necessary to modify the array cabling. This is because if 36 kV offshore cables were used instead of 66 kV cables, despite the fact that the wind turbines are larger (with outputs exceeding 6 MW), more transformer stations would be needed. This would result in greater system losses and costs for the wind farms. However, 66 kV cables allow the familiar offshore layout to be maintained, with strings of four to five (or more) wind turbines standing in a row. There is no need to build additional platforms, which benefits the economic efficiency of an offshore wind farm.

Nexans recognised the trend towards increasingly powerful turbines at an early stage and therefore began developing a 66 kV system. We have now defined our next objective: to develop a 66 kV subsea cable with a solid aluminium conductor,” says Matthias Kirchner, Director MV Submarine Cables.


Nexans at the Hanover fair 2015
Hanover, Germany
13-17 April 2015
Hall 13, booth C45

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Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of cables and cabling solutions that deliver increased performance for our customers worldwide. Nexans’ teams are committed to a partnership approach that supports customers in four main business areas: Power transmission and distribution (submarine and land), Energy resources (Oil & Gas, Mining and Renewables), Transportation (Road, Rail, Air, Sea) and Building (Commercial, Residential and Data Centers). Nexans’ strategy is founded on continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development, customer training and the introduction of safe, low-environmental-impact industrial processes.
In 2013, Nexans became the first cable player to create a Foundation to introduce sustained initiatives for access to energy for disadvantaged communities worldwide.
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We have an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, employing close to 26,000 people and generating sales in 2014 of 6.4 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A.
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