Energy distribution and energy transmission have been PFISTERER core competences for almost 100 years. As experts for interfaces in energy networks, we supply connection components and turnkey cable systems for all voltage levels as a complete system. Our PLUG, CONNEX and SEANEX pluggable systems as well as our SICON connector connect all system parts of the wind farm reliably and quickly. All system components are made specifically for maritim operation: weather-resistant, salt-water resistant and designed for offshore environment.
Constructing cable systems on offshore substations requires the ultimate discipline of cable-laying. Highly complex cable routes must be installed in a confined space around many corners and on several levels. Considerable time pressure and the construction of other subsections at the same time further complicate the task. Successfully overcoming this challenge requires meticulous planning and specialists with solid experience in the industry. PFISTERER has been there from the very beginning. We have closely accompanied the process from the idea of a power station on the high seas to the construction of the first offshore wind farm. PFISTERER has set industry standards, our project management and our products are state-of-the-art today. With SEANEX up to 72,5 kV and CONNEX for higher voltage levels offers PFISTERER dry pluggable connection systems for all offshore requirements.
The interface to the wind farm network, the cable connection between the static tower and moving nacelle, and the connection to the generator - these are the challenges involved in every single wind turbine in the wind farm. PFISTERER has the right solution for all challenges. SICON screw connectors can connect all different kinds of cable easily, without using special tools. The pluggable PLUG system connects the generator, individual tower segments, converter and transformer into a complete electrical system. SEANEX is used for the connection to the inter-array cabling and the CONNEX system is for all converter station applications.
The services we at PFISTERER provide include the entire project management, the evaluation, the installation and assessment of the cable systems including high-voltage cable systems with XLPE cablesup to 245 kV.
- Engineering, project work for all AC cable lines, including planning and feasibility analyses
- Preparing technical guidelines, taking systemspecific cable types into account, as well as laying and operating methods
- Calculating static and dynamic current carrying capacity in accordance with IEC, and overload operation, using own software
- Computer-assisted calculation of tensile forces
- Project realisation / site management including commissioning
The dry pluggable CONNEX connection system connects the transformer, MV and HV GIS without timeconsuming SF6 gas work. CONNEX connection joints in cast resin technology up to 170 kV enable pluggable connections that can be separated quickly if necessary. The longitudinal water barrier prevents water penetration as a result of cable faults.The solid-insulated CONNEX connections aremaintenance-free and the only ones on the market with DNV-GL certification.
- No gas monitoring
- Fully submersible and salt water resistant
Connecting the Transformer and the Switching Station
Whether it is 33 kV or 66 kV, aluminium or copper cable: All connections are easy to connect. On the low-voltage side with the PLUG, on the high-voltage side with SEANEX. Installation is quick and easy, and maintenance times are significantly reduced. Due to our close cooperation with the transformer manufacturers very compact device designs can be realized.
- Quick and easy installation
- No on-site oil work required
- Esters for insulation
- DNV GL offshore certification
- Pre-manufactured and tested cables possible
- For all highly flexible copper cablesat all voltage levels
- According to the new standard EN 50673
Interface to the Wind Farm Network
The solid-insulated SEANEX connection does not require SF6, it is reliable and maintenance-free and can be easily disconnected whenever necessary.
- No gas monitoring
- Fully submersible and salt-water resistant
- The vertical barrier prevents water penetration as a result of cable faults
Connection from generator, converter and between gondola and tower
The PLUG system's high-quality materials and sophisticated technology guarantee reliable contact during the entire service life of the system. The low profile PLUG connectors are quick and safe to install and maintenance-free. The connection can be quickly and easily unplugged whenever necessary. More than 4,100 PLUG connections are installed on the Global Tech I.
- Short assembly time onshore
- Quick plugging offshore
- Low contact resistance
- No creep corrosion
- Low space requirement
- Coding prevents faulty connections.
Connection of different Cables
With the patented SICON screw connectors, ultra-flexible copper and cost-effective aluminium conductors can easily be connected to one another.
- Reliable contact of all conductors
- Installation with standard tools
- Stepless share off of the SICON bolt without torque wrench
- Lightweight and robust – PFISTERER optimises 66 kV connection technology for offshore applications
- PFISTERER supplies grid connection technologies for the new Moray East Offshore Windfarm
- ScottishPower Renewables banks on 66 kV with CONNEX in the East Anglia ONE wind farm
- Premiere at offshore grid connection