New Belden wind tower cables deliver maximum uptime

Suited for harsh environments and energy-dense areas



Belden, a global provider of world-class products for the wind energy market, has introduced a range of fiber-optic data transmission cables designed for use in on-shore and off-shore wind parks. 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 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 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.


(Photo: Belden, PR247)

About Belden

Belden®: Sending All the Right Signals™

Belden designs, manufactures and markets signal transmission solutions, including cables, connectors and I/O modules, wireless network systems as well as network devices and control, load sensing and load moment limitation systems designed for safety-critical applications ranging from industrial automation to data centers, broadcast studios and the aviation and aerospace industry. The company focuses on segments of the worldwide cable and automation markets that require both highly specialized and readily available products. With manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, Belden has recorded a total revenue of USD 1.62 billion for the fiscal year 2010.

Together with its brands Hirschmann™ and Lumberg Automation™, Belden offers an extensive and highly specialized product portfolio covering the full range of data communications – from the information and control levels down to the field level. The company has more than 15 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with manufacturing facilities in Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Italy and Hungary.

For more information about Belden, please visit www.beldensolutions.com or e-mail for product inquiries.

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