HELUKABEL® to Showcase Aluminum Cable Connection Technology at WINDPOWER 2013

American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, IL (booth #1765) on May 5 - 8

ELGIN, Illinois -- HELUKABEL®, one of the world's leading cable manufacturers, will be participating in the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, IL (booth #1765) on May 5 - 8, and showcasing their complete range of cabling products capable of equipping the entire turbine - rotor tip to tower base.


On display will be their latest cable lug crimp technology to connect cable lugs to aluminum conductor cables, such as the flexible-aluminum WK-POWERLINE ALU. The C8 crimp cable lug technology, which has been IEC 61238-1 Class A High-Voltage tested and approved, can withstand the warming caused by an electric current flowing through aluminum, which has a higher resistance level than copper.

This allows HELUKABEL® to be the only company capable of delivering an aluminum cable and lug assembly with an approved connectivity technology up to 777 kcmil (400 mm2).

Additionally, HELUKABEL® will have their vast array of wind turbine cables for show, which have been developed and tested to provide more than 20 years of operation service time. Constructed using specially-stranded copper or finely-stranded, flexible aluminum and unique conductor/jacket insulation compounds, the HELUKABEL® HELUWIND WK-Series offers turbine manufacturers, wind farm owners and operators, and system integrators:

• Superior resistance to torsional stress
• Wide operating temperature range - -55°C (CCV) up to +145°C (HCV)
• Low surface adhesion/abrasion
• Global approvals - UL / CSA / VDE / CE
• Approval for use on- and offshore

Some cables are oil resistant having passed Oil Res I and II tests, flame retardant according to the FT4 flame test, compliant with NFPA 79 2007 standards, and are WTTC-rated up to 1000 V.

About IEC 61238-1 Class A High-Voltage Test

During an IEC 61238-1 Class A High-Voltage Test the conductor is heated up to the maximum rated temperature by passing a current through the cable and then allowing it to cool. This test was repeated 200 times, followed by six short-circuits from approximately 26,000 Amps. The process continued with 75 heating and cooling cycles with intermittent measurements of the transition resistance. After simulating 1,000 heating cycles the test is completed.

About HELUKABEL® USA

Established in 2007, HELUKABEL® USA is the North American headquarters for Germany-based parent company, HELUKABEL®. With over 30 years of industry experience, HELUKABEL® is one of the most successful companies in the field of cable and wire, specialty cable, and cable accessories. HELUKABEL® employs approximately 800 people worldwide and markets its portfolio of cables and wires to companies around the globe. About HELUKABEL® Canada Established in 2013, HELUKABEL® Canada is the Canadian sales and distribution subsidiary for Germany-based parent company, HELUKABEL®. With over 30 years of industry experience, HELUKABEL® is one of the most successful companies in the field of cable and wire, specialty cable, and cable accessories. HELUKABEL® employs approximately 800 people worldwide and markets its portfolio of cables and wires to companies around the globe.

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