Offshore wind farm electrical cable layout optimization

A. C. Pillai, J. Chick, L. Johanning, M Khorasanchi, V de Laleu

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This article explores an automated approach for the efficient placement of substations and the design of an inter-array electrical collection network for an offshore wind farm through the minimization of the cost. To accomplish this, the problem is represented as a number of sub-problems that are solved in series using a combination of heuristic algorithms. The overall problem is first solved by clustering the turbines to generate valid substation positions. From this, a navigational mesh pathfinding algorithm based on Delaunay triangulation is applied to identify valid cable paths, which are then used in a mixed-integer linear programming problem to solve for a constrained capacitated minimum spanning tree considering all realistic constraints. The final tree that is produced represents the solution to the inter-array cable problem. This method is applied to a planned wind farm to illustrate the suitability of the approach and the resulting layout that is generated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1689-1708
Number of pages20
JournalEngineering Optimization
Issue number12
Early online date13 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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