Luna to Handle Cable Monitoring for Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind


Luna Innovations, a company focused on advanced optical technology, says it will be providing monitoring services for Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, a 2.6 GW wind farm being developed 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

Luna’s EN.SURE long-range power cable sensing system will be used to monitor the wind farm’s export cable system, which will transport power to shore.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting an initiative that will help Dominion and the state of Virginia reach their clean energy goals,” says Scott Graeff, president and CEO of Luna. “The technology that we’re able to provide will ensure the integrity of the project’s operations and support efficient delivery of energy into more than half a million Virginia homes and businesses. This is a great example of Luna’s continued expansion into high growth markets like clean energy.”

EN.SURE combines fiber-optic based distributed temperature sensing (DTS) systems and distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) systems that will help Dominion ensure the constant operation of its CVOW project by monitoring temperature and acoustics along the entirety of the project’s cable circuit. The Luna system will also be used to identify potential hotspots in and external threats to the project, such as anchor drag from nearby ships. The system also will provide depth-of-cable-burial information that can help Dominion protect and optimize the project’s operations.

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