Yorkshire firm’s products to help achieve New York’s clean energy goals

Products manufactured in North Yorkshire are being installed in the first offshore wind farm in the USA to use a high-voltage direct current system (HVDC) to deliver power onshore.

Ellis Patents’ Emperor™ cable cleats and Flexi-Straps™ are being used at the Sunrise Wind Offshore Wind Farm, which is billed as a significant step towards New York’s clean energy goals. When completed, it will power nearly 600,000 households with renewable electricity by 2025.

Aker Solutions working with Siemens Energy, have managed this project, which has been manufactured in modules based in Romania and Norway before being delivered to the US.

Rillington-based cable cleat maker, Ellis Patents, worked with the UK-based Aker Solutions Design Team to ensure the highest safety standards and optimal cable management on the offshore platform.

The platform is the heart of the wind farm’s operation and features a steel jacket substructure and a topside deck housing essential electrical equipment.

The Ellis Emperor™ cleats and Flexi-Straps™, supplied through Norwegian distributor, Procab A/S, play a pivotal role in securing and supporting the cables in a challenging offshore environment.

Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown, Ellis Patents’ sales director, said: “Sunrise Wind is a major project for the advancement of the wind sector in the US and having our cable cleats installed gives us a huge feeling of pride to be involved in something on such a global scale.

“This clearly demonstrates the trust in Ellis’ expertise in cable management to enhance safety and efficiency in the offshore platform.”

The offshore converter station, designed to collect the 66 kV alternating current power generated by the wind turbines, relies on a subsea export cable that spans 100 miles to connect to the onshore converter station located at Holbrook on Long Island.

The onshore converter station feeding power into the distribution grid, ensuring the clean energy reaches homes, industries, and other end-users across New York.

Brown added: “It’s nice to think that our products were selected for this project because of our proven track record in the offshore wind industry.

“We have supplied some of the world’s largest and most complex offshore wind farms to date, giving us an unrivalled reputation for reliability and safety.”