Cathodic Protection

The UKs route to net zero is heavily reliant upon offshore wind both fixed bottom and floating.  By 2030 there is set to be over 3000 turbines in our territorial waters.  The scale of this project is colossal but essential for the energy security of the UK, the environment also throws up its own challenges, pressure from tidal power, high waves, corrosion form salt and of course biological degradation from sealife.

Cathodic protection within a turbine is essential to ensure these structures can last for anywhere between 30-40 years.  By effectively turning the structure in to an underwater electrical cathode, the structure is protected against corrosion.  Traditionally this is completed by using steel wire to suspend the string anodes within the shaft of the turbine.

By using DM20 Dyneema slings, turbine manufacturers are able to reduce the overall weight, improve the life expectancy of the turbine and reduce the amount of unnecessary metal and steel which could in time degrade.  Our specialist slings are produced to exact dimensions to match the schematics of the string anode systems.  By using the DM20 fibre we can ensure that the fibres do not suffer from creep as other fibres will, coupled with our rigorous quality control it makes us the perfect partner for offshore projects.

Delivering Net zero for the UK is a commitment for both our climate and for future generations.  Here at English braids, we are proud to support this industry and also UK manufacturing.

If you want to talk to our specialist team about your own project then please contact us via or +44 (0)1684 892222.

Keywords: Offshore wind energy, Offshore wind turbines, Renewable energy, Corrosion protection, Cathodic protection, Dyneema slings, Offshore turbine manufacturing, Offshore wind farm development