Cable solution for turbine testing programme

Jon Lawson

Cabling technology expert Tratos has supplied tidal energy R&D Company Scotrenewables with a bespoke cable solution for its SR2000 2MW tidal turbine testing programme at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney.

A follow up to trials on its previous prototype, the SR250 250kW, three years ago, the cable system integrates existing power and communications technologies into a combined, robust solution for challenging tidal environments.

Recognising this growing trend for specialist applications, Tratos, through its Academy now ensures that employees receive greater product knowledge and a better understanding of what Tratos’ cables are used for.

The system sees power and fibre optic cable combined to power the tidal system hook-up.

Under scrutiny is a 6-10kV, 3 core, armoured cable, perfectly designed to maintain integrity while being moved around in harsh conditions, including bend restrictions to prevent damage under the sea.

The cable integrates with 2MW Scotrenewables’ tidal turbine, the SR2000, a leading floating tidal technology designed around the use of low cost vessels for all installation, maintenance and decommissioning operations.

Tratos’ cable meets IEC standards 60228 and 6052-2 and is manufactured in Italy.

Tratos is one of Europe’s largest independent cable manufacturer. Celebrating 50 years in business this year, the company has five manufacturing facilities in Italy and the UK and employs more than 400 people around the world producing electrical, electronic and fibre optic cable solutions.