ScottishPower Renewables exploring offshore 5G with JET

13 September 2022

JET Engineering System Solutions has recently been awarded a contract by ScottishPower Renewables to explore the potential deployment of a 5G mobile network at sea for the construction of its East Anglia Three offshore windfarm.

The study is a first step towards the aim of bringing fast, reliable connectivity and real-time environmental data to ScottishPower’s windfarms, to allow the hundreds of people working at sea over a number of years on the development and construction of projects to communicate and engage efficiently with each other and with colleagues onshore.

JET’s in-house developed 5G systems claim fast connectivity, and support the instant live-streaming of data offshore across its secure networks to analysts on shore. This means that mobile connectivity – as well as weather, sea state, environmental, and video feeds – is available in real time.

The feasibility study with ScottishPower Renewables will focus on the construction of East Anglia Three, with the findings also being considered for the operational phase.

JET’s previous work has included deploying, in 2020, the world’s first floating 700MHz offshore standalone 5G connection, followed by raw 4K subsurface video streaming over 5G and the launch of a floating 5G base station earlier this year. It has also won places on the Net Zero Technology Centre’s TechX Clean Energy Accelerator programme, and ORE Catapult’s Launch Academy.

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