Origo Solutions is awarded Hywind contract

Origo Solutions is awarded the contract for delivery of the SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Aquisition) system for Hywind Scotland Pilot Park – the world’s first offshore floating wind farm. The contract was signed with Aibel AS and the end customer is Equinor.

30 megawatts

The contract includes control and data collection for five floating offshore wind turbines in addition to the operational and control system for sub-station on land. Each wind turbine can deliver six megawatts (6MW) and the total capacity of the Hywind pilot park will be 30 megawatts (30MW).

Origo Solutions responsibility is design, production, testing and commissioning of the SCADA system. The SCADA system is based on a Siemens technology platform and includes delivery of IEC-61850 interface to electrical control systems, as well as interface to anchor monitoring, ballast system, weather systems and other auxiliary systems.

The first project delivery is in September 2016. Hywind Pilot Park is scheduled to be commissioned in the second half of 2017.

Hywind Scotland – Facts

The jaw-dropping dimensions of the technology used:

  • The tower, including the blades, stretches to 175m (575ft), dwarfing Big Ben
  • Each tower weighs 11,500 tonnes
  • The box behind the blades – the nacelle – could hold two double-decker buses
  • Each blade is 75m – almost the wing span of an Airbus
  • The turbines can operate in water up to a kilometre deep
  • The blades on the towers have been a particular focus for innovation
  • The blades harness breakthrough software – which holds the tower upright by twisting/pitching the blades to dampen motions from wind, waves and currents.

The Control system Packages will be part of 5 FWT that will be installed on the Aberdeenshire Coast, North East Scotland. The Control system will be used for data acquisition, control and monitoring of the total Hywind Scotland Pilot Park.

The Hywind Scotland Pilot Park shall demonstrate technological improvements, installation and operation of a multiple floating wind turbines and cost reductions in a park configuration as the next step towards achieving the long term vision for developing floating wind on a commercial scale.

The FWTs will be connected via a network of inter-array cables to one export cable. The base case transmission voltage is 33kV. The export cable will come onshore in Peterhead where it will be connected to the onshore export cable. The onshore export cable will be routed through Peterhead and further on to an onshore substation. From this, there will be a cable to the nearby SSE substation at Peterhead Grange where the project will be connected to the grid.

Extensive market

Origo Solutions has technology solutions for operating and monitoring the wind farm from the company’s technology center in Kristiansand. Hywind Scotland Pilot Park is the first floating wind farm to be tested, and Origo Solutions believes the market will be huge the next years.

Equinor is working on a new battery system to be tested for Hywind Scotland pilot park.

Electricity from the five floating wind turbines is to be stored in a container on land with a lithium-ion-based battery system, with the capacity to store one megawatt hour.

The future battery system is named Batwind, and will be developed in collaboration with Scottish universities and suppliers.