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New transformers for the offshore applications

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HITACHI Energy recently launched its OceaniQ portfolio for the offshore energy environment.

The global technology and power grid company the new products will help accelerate the clean energy transition through greater volumes of wind power being harvested and integrated into the world’s energy system.

Combining cross-industry competence from the power and marine sectors, OceaniQ addresses applications for fixed platforms, floating structures and sub-sea power systems for wind, marine and other offshore operators.

The products feature a modular design to enable timely installation and the ability to quickly connect energy assets to onshore. Designs are also ruggedized to withstand harsh marine conditions, minimizing the need for physical service over their lifetime.

The first products to be announced as part of the OceaniQ portfolio are Hitachi Energy’s recently announced transformers for offshore floating applications.

“Building offshore brings great challenges beyond the harsh salt-water environment and only a small fraction of the full potential has been exploited,” the company said in a statement. “This is because many offshore areas do not have a suitable seabed and beyond 60-meter depths are not optimal for fixed structures.”

“OceaniQ transformers and shunt reactors are key equipment in the grid infrastructure that enables the transmission of electricity generated in offshore wind farms.”

The company added that this equipment has been developed in partnership with leading floating offshore developers. “It brings in world-leading experience to meet requirements, featuring a lightweight, compact and modular design that comprises of specially-designed transformer active part, tank and components.”

Bruno Melles, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy’s Transformers business said, “Floating electrical systems are an important development in the evolution of the offshore renewable industry that will open up tremendous opportunities and unlock new business models that are built on clean power. OceaniQ is fully in the spirit of Hitachi Energy’s Purpose, which is focused on advancing a sustainable energy future for all.”

Alfredo Parres, Head of Renewables at Hitachi Energy described wind power as “one of Earth’s bountiful and free-giving natural resources and through the OceaniQ offshore portfolio, customers will be able to harness and integrate it more efficiently.

“Through OceaniQ, we are building a more sustainable, flexible and secure energy system by bringing together our experts in offshore applications and wind farm connections to develop and build the solutions needed for a more integrated, interconnected and high-quality power grid,” Parres said.

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