Energy growth still blowing in the wind
The international wind industry market is continuing to grow and diversify geographically. Wind power is now generating over 3.5% of the world’s electricity. The most advanced scenarios predict that wind could be providing 12% of the world’s electrical energy in some 50 countries by 2020.
Despite occasional lulls, wind power has continued to be an attractive alternative to fossil fuels and nuclear plants, and is expected to grow around 13% annually. It must increase if high expectations are to be met. Declining wind turbine prices make wind power even more cost-effective, while recent positive trends include: a move from onshore to offshore installations, larger wind turbines, and innovations, like deep-water floating wind turbines in Norway and Japan.
Growth demands new kinds of expertise. Onshore, upscaled turbines and generators mean that networks need room for added output, multiple connections and reliable links. Offshore projects (50 to 200 km out) require robust submarine cables, precision maritime installation, and efficient long-distance transmission.
Above all, variable wind energy calls for overall grid stability through monitoring, control, communications and surveillance.
What you expect from a cable manufacturer:
- Onshore and offshore capability for transmission and distribution links
- Professional installation skills, both in remote land-based and on offshore sites, including specialized installation equipment, to reduce total installation cost
- A comprehensive range of high-quality windfarm infrastructure cables and accessories from one supplier
- Secure dispatch of energy to the grid during production/demand peaks by applying advanced line monitoring on bare OHL conductors
- Constant innovation to meet constantly evolving technologies and standards