- Cable failures and electrical losses can have a significant impact on long-term profitability – but cables are often neglected by developers, who traditionally optimise their wind farm layouts based on high CAPEX components like turbines and foundations.
- Youwind launches unique cable visualisation functionality, helping developers quickly simulate the impact of cable failures and losses on future maintenance budgets and build crucial redundancy into their wind farm layouts.
Barcelona, 20th February 2024 — Faced with an ongoing trend of financial challenges linked to the installation and operation of subsea cables, offshore wind developers must start optimising their cable layouts at the earliest possible opportunity during the screening and development phases. This is the perspective of Youwind Renewables, a unique web-based solution for accelerating offshore wind development.
Youwind has today, therefore, unveiled new cable visualisation functionality within its Pixel Park layout generation and micrositing tool. This will enable developers to quickly generate optimised inter-array and export cable layouts, simulate the impact of losses on future maintenance budgets, and build redundancy into wind farm designs.
Inter-array and export cables are widely acknowledged to be the most prominent point of failure for offshore wind farms in construction and operation – often contributing to significant unforeseen repair and replacement costs, alongside considerable loss of revenue when the ability of the wind farm to export power is affected.
Youwind’s data show that, for European wind farms, the failure probability is 0.0007 per kilometer of cable per year (Source: TenneT) – a figure that may seem small at face value but represents a significant threat to the profitability of any project without suitable redundancy measures in place.