Nexans has opened a new high voltage test laboratory at its Calais Center of Excellence in France, making it fully operational with the capacity to test cable systems up to 1.5 million volts.The new laboratory is dedicated to high voltage direct current (HVDC) cables, a market Nexans believes is of primary importance for high-capacity links and connection of renewable energy sources, such as the DolWin 6 offshore wind farm, for which the company will provide and install two 90km-long HVDC cables.The decision to enhance its testing capacity by building a new direct current (DC) laboratory is a result of the HV market requiring an increasing number of tests at higher and higher voltage levels, Nexans said.The laboratory allows simultaneous testing of three independent qualification loops, each composed of multiple cable sections and joints and connected to the electrical network through two terminations.According to Nexans, the lab is designed to represent the various configurations existing in power grids. The generators, rated for voltages up to 1.2 million volts, operate in a controlled environment, which guarantees the optimum equipment availability required for performing ageing tests typically lasting more than one year, the company said.“As the global energy needs continue to grow, the world will require extremely reliable cable systems for power transmission at ever higher voltage levels for both AC and DC applications,” said Dirk Steinbrink, Nexans’ Senior Executive Vice President, High Voltage and Underwater Cable Business Group.The Calais Center of Excellence for HV testing is now composed of 12 HV test laboratories equipped with generators operating up to 1.5 million volts, and addresses both alternating current (AC) and DC applications.“With its new laboratory, the Calais Center of Excellence will be positioned as one of the leading hubs for helping our clients address the challenges of the future,” Steinbrink said.
Related Articles The Football Association has confirmed its Chief Executive Officer Martin Glenn will stand down at the end of this season.During Glenn’s four year tenure at the FA, the governing body ended its ‘official betting partnership’ with Ladbrokes just one year into its four-year contract with the betting operator, which was reportedly worth £4 million per year.The decision came after an internal management review, in which the FA deemed the sponsorship to be inappropriate as the body has to act as supervisor for the sport’s integrity and its player behaviour.Glenn also sought to spearhead the controversial sale of Wembley to Fulham owner Shahid Khan, citing the once in a lifetime opportunity to fund grassroots football, before the sale eventually fell through due to Khan withdrawing the offer.On the pitch, Glenn oversaw an immense amount of success with both the men’s and women’s teams reaching a World Cup semi-final.Departing the role, Glenn commented on the FA’s official website: “When I accepted the role of CEO at The FA, I was tasked with improving the effectiveness of the organisation and making it financially secure.“I also joined with the strong belief that the England team’s performance in tournaments could and should improve, and that the experience of the millions of people who play football could be a better one.“I will leave feeling proud of the success of the performance of all the England teams. I am confident that we have established in St. George’s Park, a world class centre which will ensure that the teams will continue to build on their current successes. I hope that The FA will be able to build on this by accelerating the breakthrough of English qualified players into the first teams.Glenn continued: “Running The FA has been a huge honour and a privilege but I have only been able to achieve what I have been able to thanks to everyone who works here. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my staff for their commitment and dedication to running our national game.“Football has a role in society far bigger than the game itself and undeniably makes us richer on many levels whether it be mass participation for both men and increasingly women, or the tremendous global appeal of our professional game. It has been a pleasure playing a part in this wonderful game.”FA Chairman, Greg Clarke, added: “On behalf of the Board of The FA, I would like to thank Martin for building and leading a senior management team that has transformed our organisation.“His integrity, commitment, energy and passion for football has underpinned the improvements on and off the pitch. The resulting commercial success has funded hugely significant change in the women’s game, St. George’s Park, the FA Cup and the national teams.“Martin leaves as his legacy an organisation that is fit for purpose, more diverse, internationally respected and ready to progress to the next level.“I and the organisation will miss his effective, principled and compassionate leadership and wish him well.” English football suspension extended until 30 April March 19, 2020 UEFA confirms indefinite Finals postponement March 24, 2020 Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon
Though assured of massive home support in the first leg playoff of the World Cup qualifier against Egypt, Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah insists the Black Stars cannot get complacent.The Black Stars, chasing their third consecutive appearance at the finals must navigate past Egypt over two-legs to reach Brazil.Appiah is confident that Ghana can turn their World Cup dream into reality if they stay grounded and show respect to their opponents, who are one of the continent’s best teams. “It’s a big game,” the Black Stars coach told www.ghanafa.org. “It’s a game which is important to all Ghanaians and every member on my team is aware of that.””Egypt are seven-time African champions and trying to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1990. That will give them some added boost going into the game.”Egypt’s achievement, according to Appiah should serve as motivation for his players to get a good result at the Baba Yara Stadium. “Their record in its sense means that we cannot look down on them. We can’t get complacent. We have to prepare well and remain focused,” Appiah said.The Ghana coach believes the Black Stars will be better equipped to deal with the atmosphere in Kumasi, having experienced big game moments like their previous World Cup qualifier against Zambia.”The expectation will always be there whenever the Black Stars have a game.”I can say I was more anxious during the Zambia game. There’s been no panic since the pairing with them[Egypt].”I have respect for them. They are a good side,” concluded the Ghana coach. The aggregate winner after both legs qualifies for next year’s finals in Brazil.