Offshore platform in wind farms play a critical role in the collection of the generated power. In terms of offshore wind, the North Sea in Europe has a potential expansion target of 300 GW by 2050.
Extreme environmental conditions, challenging space requirements and new construction technologies push the manufacturers towards unique design of all offshore platform equipment, including transformers.
In this respect, KEMA Labs in Arnhem (The Netherlands), has performed short-circuit tests on a three-phase transformer rated 400/226/226 MVA – 230/66/66 kV manufactured in Croatia by Koncar Power Transformers Ltd, a Joint Venture of Siemens Energy and Koncar.
The transformer will be used on an offshore platform in the North Sea to transport the energy from the wind farms to the electricity grid on land.
According to the European Commission, an estimated 240 GW to 450 GW of offshore wind power in Europe's seas and along its coasts will be needed by 2050 to keep temperature increase below 1.5°.
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