Hitachi Energy announced it has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Equinor, one of the world's largest energy companies, to collaborate within electrification, renewable power generation and low-carbon initiatives worldwide.
Initial areas of focus for the collaboration include developing standardized base designs to be applied for high-voltage direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) transmission systems to connect offshore wind farms and Equinor production facilities to mainland power grids.
The scope of the agreement covers the complete spectrum of Hitachi Energy's portfolio of power grid technologies and solutions. It includes IdentiQ, Hitachi Energy's digital twin for high-voltage direct current (HVDC) and power quality solutions, which provides significant benefits throughout the assets' plan, build, operate and maintain life cycle; Grid-eXpand modular and prefabricated offshore and onshore grid connections that make it faster, simpler and more efficient to connect facilities to the grid; OceaniQ solutions such as transformers and high-voltage products that can operate flawlessly on land, offshore and below the sea surface; and grid automation solutions that keep onshore and offshore electrical assets operating reliably, safely and securely.
The agreement underlines both companies' commitment to accelerate the energy transition and advance a more sustainable, flexible and secure energy system. It builds on the two companies' long and successful collaboration over many decades. During that time, Hitachi Energy has provided Equinor with power grid solutions and pioneering technologies on several projects, such as Dogger Bank A, B and C, the world's largest offshore wind farm on completion, and Troll A, the world's first HVDC power-from-shore connection.