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Kinewell Energy launches next-generation KLOC inter-array cable layout optimisation software with cloud-based web-app interface.

by | Jun 20, 2022 | Press Release, Inter-Array optimisation, Kinewell Energy, KLOC

Press Release

Release Date: 20th June 2022

Kinewell Energy launches next-generation KLOC inter-array cable layout optimisation software with cloud-based web-app interface.

Kinewell Energy has unveiled a game-changing evolution of their unique artificial intelligence-based inter-array cable layout optimisation technology, KLOC, at Global Offshore Wind 2022.

Kinewell Energy’s KLOC solution typically saves offshore wind developers in the region of 20% of cable CAPEX over the project life. It does this by rapidly designing an economically optimised inter- array cable layout, appropriately prioritising the optimisation of capital costs against operational costs such as electrical losses. Through the optimisation process, cable length is reduced, lowering CAPEX while also reducing electrical losses and maximising energy sales.

The next-generation KLOC tool launched at Global Offshore Wind 2022 utilises cloud computing and is accessed via an intuitive web-app. This means licensed Software as a Service (SaaS) clients can access KLOC anywhere, anytime, using a desktop, laptop, tablet or even their mobile phone.

Kinewell Energy, a Tyneside based company, delivered the game-changing upgrade to KLOC after securing a share of over £2m in match-funding from the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) TIGGOR programme, delivered by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and backed by offshore wind industry giants, Equinor and EDF Renewables.

Dr Andrew Jenkins, CEO and Founder of Kinewell Energy said, “We are thrilled to finally be able to unveil the next-generation KLOC, delivering productivity gains to engineering teams through the web-app interface, while also substantially increasing the value-added of the underlying optimisation engine. We’ve pioneered a new platform technology that enables many future innovations, which will be released to the market over the coming months, reducing the cost of offshore wind deployment and accelerating the transition to net-zero.

The NTCA investment in us to deliver on this programme of innovation has been truly transformational.”

Kinewell Energy was recognised at VentureFest North East in March 2022, as one of the most innovative companies in the region.

Kinewell Energy are exhibiting at Stand 160 of Global Offshore Wind 2022 as part of the OREC’s Gamechanger Pavilion that is showcasing the most innovative SMEs of the offshore wind industry.

Dr Andrew Jenkins, CEO and Founder of Kinewell Energy, will be formally launching the next-generation KLOC web-app at the Vestas Innovation Theatre of Global Offshore Wind on Tuesday 21 June 2022 as part of the ‘Pitch and Brew’ event during 15:50-16:30.

Kinewell Energy is a rapidly growing company and has a successful history of delivering both inter- array optimisation consultancy and KLOC licensing to the European, Japanese, US and Chinese offshore wind markets. The team have experience of delivering over 13 GW of offshore wind cable layout optimisation projects, in addition to those projects undertaken by clients under license.

Notes to editors:

The inter-array cable system links offshore wind turbines to the offshore substation with cables to collect the energy generated, before it is exported to shore via an export cable.

The inter-array cable system typically costs c. $360m/GW, or 11% of total offshore wind farm CAPEX(1). Worldwide, offshore wind deployment is expected to reach 235 GW by 2030 relative to 29 GW installed at the end of 2019(2).

The KLOC inter-array cable optimisation software was launched as a consultancy tool for Kinewell Energy in November 2015, following over two years of research and development. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Awards in 2016 Highly Commended the KLOC software.

The leading inter-array layout optimisation tool, KLOC, was then also launched as a licensed product in 2018 following client requests. The capability of the licensed product was upgraded to a fully graphical web-app through a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, launched in 2022, following investment from the NTCA funded TIGGOR Programme.

It was also supported through ERDF-funded programmes, including the North East BIC Innovation Programme, RTC North and support from the Innovation SuperNetwork.

The IET is a global engineering community of over 167,000 members worldwide in 150 countries and holds an innovation award annually. Kinewell Energy’s KLOC software was selected to be Highly Commended in November 2016 from over 300 entries from 25 countries in two categories; Power and Model Based Engineering

For further information, please contact:

Andrew Jenkins
CEO and Founder
0191 289 6665
Andrew.jenkins@kinewell.co.uk

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1 https://guidetoanoffshorewindfarm.com/wind-farm-costs
2 gwecs-offshore-wind-2020-5.pdf (energycentral.com)

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