Sector - Software & Technology

Vilicom Connect World’s Largest Windfarm

Vilicom, a UK based wireless telecoms provider, announced last week (July 9th 2020) that it is providing a critical mobile network during the construction, development and deployment of what is to be the world’s largest offshore windfarm, Ørsted’s Hornsea Two.

The windfarm is currently in development 55 miles off the Yorkshire cost and will comprise of 165 8.4MW turbines, across 472km2, meaning it will give a combined total pert output of 1.4GW. Once Hornsea Two is completes in 2022, the site will generate enough clean energy to power over 1.3 million homes in the UK.

Hornsea Two will also bring more low carbon power to the UK and will also support further opportunity for economic growth within the Humber region. The windfarm will also make an important contribution toward the UK’s goal for more renewable electricity generation, will help the country in achieving its energy security and carbon reduction objects.

Deployment of Vilicom’s communication infrastructure, which will be built and tested in the UK prior to installation, will positively contribute to the successful progress of this complex project.

Sean Keating, CEO of Vilicom said: “The 4G communications network will enhance vital communication during the construction phase and the longer lifecycle of the site. We will deploy a fully operational mobile network that spans the entire zone, allowing contractors and workers to have improved wireless access to data and information systems used during construction, as well as the ability to make regular cell calls using personal cell phone equipment.

“Once construction has concluded by the scheduled deadline of 2022, Vilicom systems will remain in place, continuing to provide essential communications for the operational and maintenance staff employed for the lifetime of the wind farm, ultimately aiding the seamless connection of hundreds of thousands of families to a sustainable source of energy.”

Patrick Harnett, Senior Programme Director, Hornsea Two, Ørsted added: “Vilicom is a UK supplier who shares our vision on building a more sustainable future. In order to act on climate change, we need to make use of the best technologies available.

“As we build larger offshore wind farms, our colleagues are required to travel further distances. Not only is there a requirement for reliable communication to support our construction technology, but it’s also imperative that our teams are able to remain connected to their families back home.”

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