Wind Farm Nordsee Ost has a new control system
Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm lies approximately 30 kilometers north of the island of Helgoland off the coast of Germany. It has 48 wind turbines with a total capacity of 295 MW, generating clean electricity to supply approximately 320,000 households. This makes it one of Germany’s largest commercial offshore wind energy projects. It came into operation in May 2015.
Twelve years ago, during the design and construction phase, we supplied our sea marking products. At that time, however, the customer commissioned an external engineering firm to supply a control system with remote monitoring.
From the outset, the system never worked reliably – again and again there were problems and failures, especially with the remote monitoring. No one knew exactly what was working, when it was working, or why it was not working. After ten years of this, the operator had had enough and consulted Sabik Offshore on a retrofit solution for their nav aid system.
Our engineering team worked closely with the customer to come up with a cost-effective solution. We re-used what components we could and integrated them into the NAi system. We kept the existing control cabinet and, to integrate our NAi controller and UPS charger, we had to develop a new mounting plate which was inserted into the existing cabinet.
Our technicians installed all the necessary parts and commissioned the system. Now Nordsee Ost has a fully functioning marking solution.