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Renewable energy cables

The renewables industry harnesses power from the sun, wind, water (both hydro and tidal) and biofuels to produce ‘clean’ energies. The move away from using the finite fossil fuels continues to gather momentum, with projects around the world embracing their natural landscape and resources.

Eland Cables works on large-scale projects to interconnect equipment, create private distribution networks, and link up to wider, national power grids. We offer a wide range of cables including specialist industry cables for solar, onshore wind, offshore wind turbines, hydroelectric dams, and biomass plants. By combining our knowledge of cable construction along with the installation design and 

 

environment, we can deliver a solution encompassing cables and matching cable accessories alongside technical support and expert logistics to ensure timely delivery to sites worldwide.

Whilst some renewable energy projects require very specific cables and accessories, such as the EN 50618 H1Z2Z2-K Photovoltaic cable whilst other cables have a broader power transmission, distribution, or control and monitoring purpose. Low voltage  flexible cables for generator transformers, and tri-rated cables to British (BS), American (UL) and Canadian (CSA) standards for switchgear.

wind turbine power

Renewable Cable Solutions

Medium Voltage

Our IEC 60502-2 medium voltage cable, both armoured and unarmoured, typically used for the primary connection between the power network and the renewable energy systems. Armoured cables are manufactured to meet British standard BS6622 for PVC sheathed cables and BS7835 for LSZH cables. Unarmoured cables have copper wire and tapes and are available with single and dual layer waterblocking layers. In both cases, cables are available with copper or aluminium conductors.

Solar cables

The EN 50618 H1Z2Z2-K Photovoltaic cable and accompanying solar connectors interconnect the PV panels to the wider power distribution grid. H1Z2Z2-K is the harmonised European standard introduced in 2014 and replacing the earlier PV-1F standard.  

Wind Turbines

From the turbine umbilical cables for offshore wind turbines connecting to subsea networks, flexible festoon power cables attached to the motor and constantly in movement, to the control and monitoring cables that determine the pitch and direction of the turbine blades. Each installation environment will determine the properties of the cable.

Hydro-electric and Submersible Cables

Submersible rubber cables such as the H07RN-8-F offer low voltage power transmission in freshwater sites to a depth of 10m. WRAS-approved cables provide options for far greater depths. Control and monitoring cables sheathed in PUR (Polyurethane) stop moisture and bacteria from propagating for clean operation. Whilst hydro-electric power is not as clean as others, it is harnessing renewable sources. China is the world-leader in hyrdro-electric projects but there are projects throughout the world.

Biomass facility cables

Using the by-products of agriculture to produce fuels is an innovative way to produce fuel. Biofuel production facilities require a combination of low and medium voltage cables, including H07RN-F and H07ZZ-F (LSZH) flexible rubber cables for plant power generators.

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Renewable Cable Projects - Playing our part in a sustainable future

In addition to supplying renewable energy cables manufactured to the relevant British, European and international standards, we help green energy organisations design cables that meet their applications’ specific requirements. This has led us to partner with organisations offering innovative solutions in the field of energy consumption monitoring, optimisation and ultimately reduction. As a result, our cables can be found in a large number of leading grocery store chains around the United Kingdom in installations smoothing their refrigerated areas' energy consumption.

In the UK, our renewable energy cables play an instrumental part in generating power in a number of high-profile land-based and offshore wind farms, including Gwynt yMor, solar farms including Baglan Bay, and on rooftops installations such as those found on Sainsbury's supermarkets across the country. Internationally, we participate in large-scale renewable energy projects in a number of countries every year, such as the Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Plant in Mauritania. With innovation driving the renewable energy industry, the expertise and creativity of our technical team help increase the output from innovative renewable energy solutions.

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Case Studies

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Addax Sierra Leone

Project Lead:

Addax BioEnergy

Location:

Sierra Leone

Project Scope:

Construction of a facility to supply up to 15mW of power to the country’s national grid

Requirement:

Complete cable supply for the sugarcane-based sustainable bioenergy project

Eland Cables Solution:

  • Eland worked closely with the client’s technical team to determine the correct cables for use in their very demanding application
  • Over 20 containers of cables will be provided over a two year period in this multimillion pound requirement
  • This landmark renewable energy plant capable of supplying 20% of the needs of the country's national grid was completed on time.

Key Facts

Renewable energy cable specialist Complete cable solution on complex project

Belectric UK

Project Lead:

Belectric

Location:

UK

Project Scope:

Construction of the UK's largest solar farm

Requirement:

Urgent requirement for 3 kilometres of 33kV cable

Eland Cables Solution:

Eland Cables was in the unique position of being able to deliver the cable to site on the day following order placement 

Benefit:

Maintaining the schedule of works for a facility designed to power 14,000 homes while the land on which the solar panels sit continues to be used for grazing

Key Facts

Solar cable specialist Fast response time and cable delivery

British Antarctic Survey Antarctica

Project Lead:

British Antarctic Survey

Location:

Antarctica

Project Scope:

Facilities for biodiversity and climate change study

Requirement:

Cables and cable accessories that would resist extremely low temperatures and a changeable environment without compromising on performance and safety

Eland Cables Solution:

  • Specialist cables and accessories supplied
  • Delivery to one of the most remote locations on earth achieved to deadline

Benefit:

The successful provision of specialist cables to this remote location enabled the Survey to set up its facilities in time to proceed with its climate change study.

Key Facts

Low temperature cable specialist Expert international logistics capabilities Reliable products and services

SunEdison UK

Project Lead:

SunEdison

Location:

UK

Project Scope:

Construction of 4 large-scale solar farms with collective power output of 60mW

Requirement:

Complete package of cables for onsite power and connection to the National Grid

Eland Cables Solution:

  • Within each of the solar farm sites a network of cables including direct burial power cables and photovoltaic cables were needed to connect the panel arrays. To distribute power around the site, as well as transmit the generated renewable energy back out to the National Grid, a series of power-network approved cables including medium voltage aluminium conductor cables were also required.
  • Our technical engineers tested and confirmed all cables were both compliant with relevant Standards and would endure the installation environment for an expected 25 year lifespan
  • These cables were then supplied from stock and delivered to each of the four locations on a just-in-time basis to mitigate onsite handling and storage. As an added precaution, the cable drums were supplied with branded protective wrapping to help identify any tampering onsite due to limited security.

Key Facts

Complete package of solar cables and accessories Expert technical support Supplied from stock Just-in-time delivery
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Testimonials

“Eland Cables remain a few steps ahead of anyone else in their market. Attention to detail, customer service, flexibility, stock holding, bespoke cables, expedited delivery and technical support. It’s all there in abundance. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.” 

"Following difficulty with specific cable supply for a business critical project, we turned to Eland Cables. They understood our problem and manufactured and delivered our entire cable requirement within 4 weeks from placement of order. I was impressed with the customer experience received from Eland Cables and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them as a first-class supply partner." 

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The Cable Lab®

UKAS-accredited specialist cable testing laboratory

About Eland Cables

The Cable Lab® our in-house cable testing facility, is UKAS-accredited to ISO 17025, which is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world. Accreditation to this international standard demonstrates our laboratory's technical competence and the accuracy of its results.

For our customers, it means peace of mind. They can have full confidence in the quality of our products and can demonstrate due diligence in selecting their cable supplier.

Our customers can also rely on the Cable Lab's services for an independent, objective and comprehensive quality assessment of cables procured from third parties.

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About Eland Cables

About Eland Cables

Established in 1975, Eland Cables is a supplier of power, data, instrumentation and control cables and cable accessories to the world's most demanding industries and to some of its most prestigious projects. Our reputation is built on an unswerving focus on quality, technical expertise and customer service.

Quality

Our focus on quality has resulted in our in-house specialist cable testing facility securing the ISO 17025 accreditation. This certifies the competence, impartiality and performance capability of our laboratory and its evaluations. In turn, it means peace of mind for our customers with regard to the quality of the cables they source from us.

Expert tecHnical support

Our highly-qualified technical team is on hand to provide technical support with all aspects of cable selection, technical specification, regulatory requirements, and bespoke cable design and manufacture.

Complete Cable Solutions

We are a key contributor to projects in over 100 countries every year, adding value through comprehensive technical support, reliable logistics, innovative solutions, and a customer-centric approach.

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