ALE Selected in Major Wind Farm Project


At a glance:

  • Infield and offshore-to-onshore network connects wind turbines to maintenance centre
  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise DNV GL certified telephony provides the safety and security necessary for offshore environments
  • Two complete VoIP networks provide secure redundant communications

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Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise telephony solution selected to provide resilient communications for major North Sea wind farm project

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise technology has been selected as part of an up to €13.4 million (DKK 100 Million) telecommunications infrastructure project at a major wind farm initiative in the UK sector of the North Sea. Semco Maritime A/S, the offshore contracting and engineering specialist, chose the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise SIP telephony solution for the construction of infield and offshore-to-onshore communication networks at DONG Energy's wind farms located several miles off the coast of UK.

Key in the selection of the Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX® Enterprise communication server for this major project is its certification by the international certification body and classification society, DNV GL, as being suitable for operations in a maritime environment and is robust enough to be able to withstand the unique requirements of offshore environments. The solution also met the strict requirements for interoperability with a range of maritime technology such as integration with the SemTETRA radio communication system, and the substation public announcement system for emergency broadcasts.

The project comprises four major wind farms made up of approx. 400 turbines and  9 substations and will be connected by two VoIP networks with a dedicated management system. These VoIP systems connect the communications hub on the offshore substation to each wind turbine, onshore office and maintenance centres. Two VoIP networks provide both DONG Energy engineers, and the UK's National Grid personnel access to their own communications network, while at the same time being integrated to provide a secure redundant communications path.

Henrik Lunde, Senior Vice President, Semco Maritime A/S - “This project is a great opportunity to show that with the right technology partners it is possible to build an offshore communications network that is simple to implement and to operate, and with the resilience and reliability required to meet all operations and safety requirements. It was important to us that the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise technology is DNV certified and has the interoperability needed to build the right system for the project by integrating with other offshore technology.”

Thomas Berger, Director, Nordic & Baltic Region, ALE - “With the need for clean, wind energy growing in Europe and globally, this is an important market for us. The growing number of wind farms, and the increasing distance of these wind farms from shore, means the demand for certified and dependable communications systems that can operate in offshore conditions far from any mobile network coverage is key to the success of these projects. Our technology is perfectly placed for this, as it has proven resilience and effectiveness in offshore environment.”

“We have a great working relationship with Semco Maritime A/S and have worked with them previously on other energy projects, so this a great opportunity for us to move further into supplying solutions for the renewable energy industry.”