AI tools for power and utility transmission planning
Solutions for the offshore wind industry
A closer look at Continuum Industries
The combination of vast computing power, geospatial data, and human intuition unlocks unique insights throughout projects, from conception to completion.
This includes generating a shortlist of viable routing options from millions of alternatives in just a matter of hours, real-time iteration of designs as new data arises, recording key decisions and mitigating against
unforeseen delays at later stages.
Impact of the support
Before OWGP’s support, the Company had worked in partnership on a number of power, transmission and utility projects – mostly in Scotland and England. Continuum Industries had seen good uptake for their Optioneer software in the UK, and were growing an engaged customer base in Offshore Wind.
The OWGP grant allowed Continuum Industries to test and launch advanced features within Optioneer to empower offshore wind developers to efficiently explore a broader range of onshore export cable route options and substation sites during the early stages of development and consent process. These elements play a pivotal role in the onshore infrastructure necessary for offshore wind projects and significantly impact the success of consent applications for new developments.
Expanding Optioneer’s functionalities to include onshore export cable routing has not only deepened their integration within customers’ organisations, but has also broadened its applicability across various project stages. This strategic enhancement positioned them to seize new contract opportunities and further solidify their presence in the market. Overall development of the platform and a clear commercial strategy helped Continuum to demonstrate growth potential to private investors, raising £8m Series A capital. Continuum Industries now has plans to further
expand internationally into the European and the US offshore wind markets.
“The OWGP grant helped us to strategically allocate resources towards the development of crucial functionalities, dedicated to serving our customers within the offshore wind industry and expanding our reach into new horizons. In the next few years, we aim to bring a complete platform for infrastructure development to our customers. It will build on the foundations of network and project development but continue to support the consenting/permitting process, public consultation, and environmental analysis.”