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Extended Cable Connector – Mojave Desert, California, USA

Background

When you are billed as the largest wind power project in the country with thousands of acres of turbines spread across the Mojave Desert, installation speed and safety are major concerns. With an agreement in place to buy 1,550 megawatts of electricity to power 600,000 homes, the Mojave Wind Project is the largest wind farm in the United States.

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Problem

The Mojave windfarm is located approximately 20 miles north of one of the worlds most active earthquake zones - the San Andreas fault. Due to the close proximity to this fault, the connection from the switch to the breaker needed to be reinforced to withstand high levels of seismic activity.

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Solution

The customer turned to DMC Power to engineer, test and manufacture the custom cable connectors to the right with just a short lead time. The connectors were reinforced for high levels of seismic stability, passed all high voltage tests and installed using our single Swage installation in a fraction of the time it would have taken to weld.

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Installation

The installation took place in early June - in the desert! - where temperatures reach over 90 degrees with 50 mph wind gusts. The actual installation occurred on a windy day, 25 feet in the air with live 500kV lines in close proximity. The construction crew was a regular DMC Power tool user for years and was familiar with the process. In just minutes they were able to install the cables and connect them using the DMC Power Swage tool system.