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ABB contributes automation and electrification to Deep Purple™ pilot plant

The Deep Purple energy system can deliver stable, reliable and renewable energy from offshore wind (Ill./copyright TechnipFMC).
By Linea Bancel|Published 21 February 2023|Category: News

Energy Valley member ABB supplies automation and electrification to the pilot plant for the Deep Purple energy system, which will demonstrate the integration of renewable power in the ocean space. 

The land-based Deep Purple™ pilot at TechnipFMC’s Norwegian headquarters in Kongsberg opened on January 12th. The concept was founded in 2016 at The Research Council of Norway’s Idea Lab.

The energy system can, for example, be used for the electrification of offshore facilities and remote islands and the bunkering of hydrogen vessels 

The solution is based on well-known technologies that are combined in an innovative way to deliver stable, renewable, and scalable energy in the ocean space.

ABB’s electrification and automation operate the pilot plant, which, among other things, consists of a simulated wind farm, electrolyzer, battery, and fuel cell.

The Deep Purple Pilot consortium consists of Vattenfall, Repsol, Slåttland, NEL, UMOE Advanced Composites, DNV, SINTEF, University of South-East Norway (USN), Energy Valley, Ocean Hyway Cluster, GCE Ocean Technology, ABB and Innovation Norway, which also contributes with financial support.

The pilot will allow the consortium partners to ensure energy efficiency and autonomous operation offshore and prepare the system for large-scale offshore commercial use.

Read more about Deep Purple here.