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E-buoys and HVPC innovation support the energy transition

AuthorsJorrit-Jan Serraris & Jaap de Wilde
Conference/JournalMARIN Report 134
Date12 Dec 2022
Reading time12 minutes
With a keen focus on how best to achieve the energy transition, electric charging buoys and next generation High Voltage Power Cables (HVPC) are being explored in the MAGPIE and CABLE JIP research projects.

Within the Horizon 2020 project MAGPIE, Bluewater is developing a prototype of the E-buoy. Verification model tests have recently been performed by MARIN. In 2023, the prototypes of the E-Buoy and electric cable will be installed in Dutch coastal waters and the mechanical functionality and approach operations will be evaluated. The CABLE JIP is an ongoing research project of MARIN, TKF and Bluewater, aiming to de-risk the use of subsea inter-array power cables in offshore wind farms and to develop more robust solutions.

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Verification model tests of the E-buoy: charging of an offshore wind park Service and Operation Vessel (SOV). Use is made of a Digital Twin of the SOV and Software-In-the-Loop modelling to represent various configurations of the vessel
MARIN Report 134 E-buoys and HVPC innovation support the energy transition
Offshore installation of TKF 33 kV subsea inter-array cable for the Hohe See wind farm in the German North Sea, approximately 95 kilometres North of Borkum. The offshore wind farm installation project in 2018 covers 71 turbines in an area of around 40 square kilometres with water depths up to 40 m. The wind park has a capacity of 497 MW and a total of 52 km subsea cables was installed.