Offshore wind development comes with several logistics and construction challenges that are augmented in deeper waters further from shore. However, communication between the wind site and land is also a concern. Reliable connectivity is important for onsite technicians who may require information from personnel onshore.
It is also necessary for data transfer between turbines to an onshore control center.
To this end, a newer wind development off the shores of England is a guinea pig of sorts and serving as an important test site for a faster and more efficient way of implementing connectivity. The new satellite system connects those at the wind site to a reactive compensation station or RCS, which is located halfway between the shore and the wind farm.