Abstract / Description of output
This article explores the application of a wind farm layout optimization framework using a particle swarm optimizer to three benchmark test cases. The developed framework introduces an increased level of detail characterizing the impact that the wind farm layout can have on the levelized cost of energy by modelling the wind farm’s electrical infrastructure, annual energy production, and cost as functions of the wind farm layout. Using this framework, this paper explores the application of a particle swarm optimizer to the wind farm layout optimization problem considering three different levels of wind farm constraint faced by modern wind farm developers. The particle swarm optimizer is found to yield improvements in the layout with respect to the levelized cost of energy for the three benchmark cases when compared to two past studies. This highlights both applicability of the particle swarm optimizer to the problem and the ways in which a wind farm developer could make use of the present framework in the development and design of future wind farms.