New Belden Wind Tower Cables Deliver Maximum Uptime

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Suited for harsh environments and energy-dense areasVenlo, The Netherlands – March 27, 2013 – Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has introduced a range of fiber-optic data transmission cables designed for use in on-shore and off-shore wind parks in the EMEA region. New torsion resistant Belden Optical Wind Tower Cables are suited for use in extremely harsh environments and energy-dense areas, where they deliver superior data transmission performance for maximum reliability and uptime of wind parks.

Halogen-free Belden Optical Wind Tower Cables can make a significant contribution to the efficiency of individual wind turbines and the quality of installation and maintenance of the overall wind park as well as maximum safety and security.

Installed vertically in the tower of a wind turbine as the tower data communication cable, the new Belden fiber-optic cable guides the data communication between the bottom box at the ground level to the top box within the nacelle of the tower. On both sides, a fan-out is used to connect the fibers to the equipment.

Many years of experience and a deep understanding of the energy market have enabled Belden to develop this new high performance cabling solution for optimum reliability. Belden Optical Wind Tower Cables are a tried and tested highest quality industrial product with a high data transmission capacity for reliable monitoring and control in energy-dense areas.

The new Belden Optical Wind Tower Cables are available in different versions based on fiber types OM2, OM3, OM4 and SM, ad with fiber counts of 4, 8 or 12. Suited for vertical installation, they offer high abrasion and chemical resistance against oil, acids and alkalies and are able to operate in a temperature range of -55°C to +85°C. They are fully compatible with the Belden MIPP and with all Hirschmann compact or modular Ethernet switches.

Introducing the new cables, Theo van Rijn, product manager for Belden Europe said: “Belden has established a strong reputation for delivering communication solutions with the highest reliability to maximize wind park productivity. All these solutions are custom-made, yet the main benefits are the same: high signal availability for maximum uptime and secure communications for trusted signal integrity. Every Belden solution guarantees maximum efficiency, lower generation costs and increased profits.”

Theo van Rijn added: “With long-standing and strong partnerships with leading companies in the industry, we are able to offer innovative application-specific industrial grade data communication solutions.”

Belden offers complete structured cabling solutions for wind parks, consisting of a MIPP (Modular Industrial Patch Panel) which is placed inside the bottom and top box of the wind tower, together with managed compact or modular Hirschmann industrial rail switches, Belden patchcords, the tower cable and loose tube fiber cables. Thanks to the design of all components, space can be saved and maximum availability guaranteed even in harsh environments. Used in combination with modular industrial patch panels these cables ensure maximum uptime and safety available for power generation.

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