Fan and motor specialist Ziehl-Abegg has replaced the fans cooling the converter station of BritNed in Rotterdam. BritNed is the operator of the high-voltage direct-current (HDVC) subsea power cable connecting the UK and the Netherlands.
BritNed, a joint venture between the National Grid and TenneT in the Netherlands, is responsible for the transport of electricity between the two countries. The cable connects the Isle of Grain in Kent with Rotterdam, a distance of 256km, and has a capacity of 1,000 MW.
Visitors to the Ziehl-Abegg stand at ISH in Frankfurt had a whale of a time as the fan and motor manufacturing specialist shared the inspiration for a new development.
The main focus of interest was the ZAbluefin fan for central air conditioning control units and industrial ventilation, which increases efficiency by up to 15%.
Ziehl-Abegg’s development engineers studied the physical structure and characteristics of the humpback whale in order to transfer elements to the new fan. And the company’s stand reflected that input with a small cinema devoted to whale-watching, an opening speech from whale researcher Dr Karsten Brensing and giveaways in the form of large inflatable whales!