Kinewell Energy has developed the software package, Kinewell Layout Optimisation of Cable (KLOC), which reduces offshore wind farm inter-array cabling costs by £3m - £30m per GW of installed capacity. Kinewell Energy is the only provider able to offer services based on the revolutionary KLOC software, which in 2016 was shortlisted for the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) innovation awards.
KLOC creates inter-array layout designs by utilising an evolutionary based algorithm. A single iteration of the algorithm considers a small subset of the network and re-designs it. With many iterations, the best areas of the network are kept while re-designing the sub-optimal areas. KLOC is extremely fast at doing this, allowing good designs to be found within seconds. The designs found by KLOC are estimated to save Round Three developers' £3m - £30m per GW of installed capacity, in comparison to traditional design methods.
Although KLOC is based around offshore wind, it is transferrable to many other types of projects. Kinewell Energy can optimise the inter-connection design of any number of nodes with multiple collection locations. This enables wind turbines, tidal generators, oil and gas pumps to be connected to electrical substations or central processing facilities with electrical power cables, communication cables or pipelines.
Kinewell Energy is constantly innovating and adding new capabilities to our superior design software.