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Type: Journal article
Title: On-shore wind farm cable network optimisation utilising a multiobjective genetic algorithm
Author: Pemberton, A.
Daly, T.
Ertugrul, N.
Citation: Wind Engineering, 2013; 37(6):659-673
Publisher: Multi-Science Publishing Co Ltd
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0309-524X
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A. M. J. Pemberton, T. D. Daly and N. Ertugrul
Abstract: A wind farm is a collection of large scale (usually > 1MW) wind turbines generally located across wide and uneven terrain in order to capture sufficient wind resources to generate a source of electrical energy. The electric power networks of such farms serve to electrically connect all the turbines in the farm back to a central substation, which is in turn connected to a load, often via an existing electricity distribution or transmission network. While optimisation methods currently exist for the design of cable networks in off-shore wind farms, which primarily aim to reduce installation cost and energy loss, the design for on-shore farms is usually achieved manually and iteratively, and can often result in a sub-optimal design. This paper offers a Genetic Algorithm based optimisation method for on-shore applications, and demonstrates how an optimal wind farm cable network design solution can be reached in terms of minimum cost, minimum power losses and maximum reliability. The algorithm developed performs the required calculations and demonstrates that an optimised solution has been reached. It is demonstrated that this method provides faster calculations than the manual method and can be used for any standard on-shore wind farm layout design, utilising components as desired by the user such as underground or overhead cables and single or triple-core cables.
Keywords: Energy networks
genetic algorithms
multi-objective optimization
wind energy
Rights: Copyright status unknown
DOI: 10.1260/0309-524X.37.6.659
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