Wind Farm Turbine Type and Placement Optimization

Peter Graf, George Scott, Michael Fields, Monte Lunacek, Julian Quick, Pierre-Elouan Réthoré, Katherine Dykes

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The layout of turbines in a wind farm is already a challenging nonlinear, nonconvex, nonlinearly constrained continuous global optimization problem. Here we begin to address the next generation of wind farm optimization problems by adding the complexity that there is more than one turbine type to choose from. The optimization becomes a nonlinear constrained mixed integer problem, which is a very difficult class of problems to solve. This document briefly summarizes the algorithm and code we have developed, the code validation steps we have performed, and the initial results for multi-turbine type and placement optimization (TTP-OPT) we have run.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number062004
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number6
StatePublished - 3 Oct 2016
EventScience of Making Torque from Wind, TORQUE 2016 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 5 Oct 20167 Oct 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-2C00-66903


  • optimization
  • turbine placement


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