ABB says its HVDC Light converter station has been energized at the Dorpen West substation for Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT. This station, located in northern Germany, is the receiving end of the DolWin1 transmission link, which will integrate 800 MW of offshore wind power generated in the North Sea into the European transmission system.
According to ABB, this fourth generation of its HVDC Light transmission systems represents a technology milestone. At +/-320 kV, the technology sets a new record for voltage-sourced converter HVDC applications, compared with the current maximum installed rating of +/-200 kV, accredited to ABB.
"This latest achievement reinforces our leading position in HVDC transmission and our commitment to the ongoing development of this key technology," says Hanspeter Faessler, head of ABB's Grid Systems business. "ABB is uniquely positioned in this sector with manufacturing capability for converters, cables and semiconductors – the major HVDC components."