Chapter 7: Systems Engineering and Optimization of Wind Turbines and Power Plants

Julian Quick, Andrew Ning, Katherine Dykes

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In this chapter, wind turbine optimization has been demonstrated as an effective approach to exploring complex design decisions. However, it is not a push-button solution and effective use requires a multidisciplinary design team and expertise in optimization algorithms. Common techniques include using reduced-order models for computationally intensive portions of the analysis, taking advantage of gradients to solve large problems, and more recently to include UQ to allow for robust design decisions. Current efforts continue to push for increased model fidelity, more comprehensive disciplinary coverage, and incorporation of uncertainty.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationWind Energy Modeling and Simulation, Volume 2: Turbine and System
Subtitle of host publicationIET Energy Engineering Series, Volume 125
EditorsP. Veers
StatePublished - 2019

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5000-73325


  • design
  • optimization
  • power plant
  • wind energy
  • wind turbine


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