Combining worlds of project development and data science

Sideshore Technology brings together the worlds of offshore wind project development and high-performance numerical optimisation to create optimal wind farm layouts.

Wind farm layouts are often designed using a simplistic iterative process, where the turbines are arranged in regular grids with a fixed orientation relative to the prevailing wind direction. The array is designed based on engineering judgement by yield specialists. The detailed wake fields within the wind farm and the impact on other cost drivers are not taken into consideration.

Indeed, the dominant cost driver is the wake generated by the turbine rotors, but water depth and soil conditions can have a significant impact on the foundation and cable costs as well. Full optimisation of the turbine positions requires not only insight into the cost drivers across all the relevant wind farm elements, but also a model which links all these elements together.

And this is exactly what Sideshore Technology does for our clients.

The Layout Doctor

With our clients, we define the cost drivers and boundary conditions across all packages, bring them together in a single model, and optimise the wind farm layout automatically using our proprietary optimisation techniques and software tool, the Layout Doctor.

The optimisation applies parallel computing methods run on GPUs and multicore CPUs. Our cost models are tailored to project specifics and include wakes, foundation cost, and seabed preparation costs. The optimisation also accounts for project boundary conditions such as minimum distances, exclusion zones, and avoiding excessive turbulence.

The resulting designs typically outperform “old fashioned” layouts with tens of millions of Euros saved over the lifetime of a wind farm.

Often wind farm layouts are designed as a regular grid based on the prevailing wind direction. We apply in-house developed algorithms to optimise the layouts automatically based on the buildable area and wind distribution

Regular wind farm layout

Optimised wind farm layout

Often the impact of a wind farm layout on foundations and cables CAPEX is overlooked. We consider a wide range of cost drivers.

Water depth

Foundation cost map

Depth cluster map

Wake cost map

Combined cost map

Our services

Wind farm layout optimisation


Inter array cable optimisation


OSS position optimisation

All based on a similar approach

Assess the parameters that vary spatially and have the most significant financial impact

Define and integrate cost models on a project-specific basis

Optimise positions based on lowest cost considering all parameters

Project value

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