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ABB to provide wireless network for Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind farm in UK

CTBR Staff Writer Published 29 August 2016

ABB is delivering a wireless communications system to offer improved site security for the 228MW Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind farm in the UK.

The system will connect closed- circuit television (CCTV) cameras at two new substations being delivered by ABB.

The substations will help in stepping up 33kV voltage to 400kV, which will be fed to the new 400kV substation of National Grid.

Vattenfall is developing the wind farm, which will feature 76 turbines. The project is scheduled for completion later this year.

Apart from supplying the wireless communications, ABB will also support the project through grid connection and related electrical transmission infrastructure.

The CCTV cameras will be mounted on poles and will be placed at the perimeter fences at the two substation sites and these cameras will be connected to the wireless mesh network with the help of wireless routers from ABB.

Fibre optic connections will be used for connecting the two sites to a control station with a network video recorder, which will record and monitor activities.

ABB Grid Automation business unit, managing director Massimo Danieli said: “Our advanced wireless network solution will ensure that data is directed efficiently through intelligent routers to where there is capacity.

“This minimizes delays and gives customers real-time visibility and control of their assets and it is another example of ABB’s Internet of things, Services and People approach – a key element of our Next Level strategy.”


Image: The wireless communications network will enhance site security at Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind farm. Photo: Courtesy of ABB.