Catapults
CASE STUDY

Synaptec

Published 27 January 2020
Offshore wind generation is subject to much harsher conditions than onshore wind, which puts a great deal of pressure on the reliability of critical infrastructure. One key challenge for offshore wind generation is subsea cable failure, which can lead to a significant loss of power generation and a huge increase in repair costs. It has been noted that in offshore windfarms, cable failures account for 75%-80% of the total cost of insurance claims while the total cable expenditure only accounts for around 7%-9% of the capital costs for a new wind farm (Global Marine Energy).

Synaptec is on a mission to reduce the down time and operations and maintenance (O&M) costs associated with electrical faults. It has developed a game-changing technology, known as RefaseTM, that utilises existing optical fibre networks to transfer various electrical parameters that electricity network operators require for primary and ancillary monitoring functions. Synaptec's sensors do this without the need for power supplies or data networks and for a fraction of the cost of traditional technologies. Synaptec's sensing technology is efficient and cost-effective, capturing multiple distributed electrical measurements across inter-array systems and providing unprecedented system awareness at the speed of light.